"War, famine, and calamities...are thereby given narrative turning points, organizing the prose of everyday existence into more poetic, if only partly analytic, chapters. These moments fill the contemporary international media landscape, equipped with soundtracks and titles, and the size, length, and duration of these moments as media events reflect their relative rank wihtin an order of offical valuation." -Peter Redfield, Doctors, Borders, and Life in Crisis. 

Alex Siegman