When an event becomes news, it acquires the aura of the extraordinary. News events are new events that the news represents as nonroutine. Television news, for example, when it highlights an event, tends to obscure the quotidian setting of that event's occurrence. What Stanley Cavell characterizes as "the theatricality of scripted news recitation" helps to explain this tendency. 1 Theatricality, here, pertains to the emphasis the news places on events themselves, treating them as intrusions upon ordinary situations, but rarely acknowledging the complicated ways in which events develop out of the situations which engender them. The drama of the news constructs social events as transient curiosities that have accidently supervened on the circumstances of day-to-day life.