Does media imitate life or does life imitate media ? The incident describes an event that occurs in many types of narratives: folklore, soap operas, pulp fiction and comics. Does the media present these reports because there is an appetite for them ? Or is it creating an appetite ?
Perhaps what we are witnessing is anxiety created by H1N1. The walking dead/zombie genre has become a way deal with our fears of contagion. This report turns the walking dead into a resurrection narrative. The quirky coincidence of the funeral date and the arrival of the not so dead man reassures us in the face of uncertainty.