No Such Nonsense

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Public Mourning

Gallons of ink have been spilled over the past few weeks since Michael Jackson's death. The most interesting aspect for me has been to watch how the media has handled the death of an unquestionably talented, deeply troubled and possibly criminal music icon.

From my seat on the sofa, most of the media coverage has taken a huge bet on the musical genius of our times and yeah, by the way, he was awfully weird. A few have tried to have their cake and eat it to by decrying the media's obsessive, claustrophobic coverage of Jackson while he was alive. I've heard precious little about the truly dark accusations - often just a footnote to bizarre last 20 years of Jackson's decline.

It's hard to know just how to feel about his death. It was an inevitable end to a long, deeply sad journey - but that doesn't make me feel like running out to buy a new copy of Thriller, either.


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