...Nostradamus has forced me to make this Schiavo post (not literally at gun-point, but let's just say my future as a contributor was hanging by a thread for a second there)...
So, in order to counteract the madness of the administrator, I thought I would supply a link to a surprisingly reasonable article about "Theresa Schiavo" by NY Review of Books writer Joan Didion.
The article is basically a summary of what many already know: the Schiavo case was (is) full of ambiguous, impossible to substantiate claims on both sides, and the media firestorm (referred to throughout the piece as a "Circus"... Nostradamus?) that erupted around the case was seen by many as opportunism on the parts of both the media and legislators... Boring.
Didion, while acknowledging the ambiguities of the case and exploring some of them with sensitivity, misses the very serious point made by Nostradamus through the haze of his joking and gesturing, namely, that Terri Schiavo (Didion's attempt to sanitize the story by calling her "Theresa Schiavo" is further evidence of the point missed) is a paradigmatic figure not just for others in similar (or even metaphorically related)circumstances (ie. permanently vegetative state suffers, locked-in syndrome sufferers, the terminally ill, right-to-diers, unborn fetuses, etc.) but for all "human beings" caught in the all blemishing, all-forgiving, all-knowing eye of the media.
This is why Nostradamus has called this blog "Death/Media Incarnate Made Real in Text Form" and it is no joke.