Michael Jackson Link Roundup

The online catalog of what was auctioned from Neverland.

Captain Eo on YouTube.

The King is Dead: Lefsetz on the passing of Michael Jackson:

He missed his childhood and now he’s gonna miss his old age.

How fucked up is that?

Michael Jackson never had a chance. He had to succeed for his family, his parents’ dreams were dependent upon him.

And a boy with that much pressure delivers. He works truly hard, so he will be loved. That’s all Michael Jackson was looking for, love.

He wanted to be accepted. Wanted to be so good that he couldn’t be denied. But you can’t change family history, and the public no longer treats you as human, as an equal, once you break through. People want to rip you off or tear you down, or shower you in faux love that’s more about their unfulfilled desires than yours. It gets so confusing that you retreat.

Slog: The Last Time I saw Michael Jackson:

His art will not redeem him. He’s a one-of-a-kind musical genius who went crazy, played with morphing his race and gender, slept with children, was repeatedly acquitted of child-molestation charges, and then died, alone and broke.

It’s enough to make you cry.

Twitter and Michael Jackson:

“My Twitter search script sees roughly 15 percent of all posts on Twitter mentioning Michael Jackson. Never saw Iran or swine flu reach over 5 percent,” observed Ethan Zuckerman, a fellow at Harvard’s Beckman Center for Internet & Society.

Marco.org takes a look at Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker for Sega Genesis.

It’s weird. It’s creepy. It’s comically absurd. It really doesn’t seem like kids belong there. Yet, I can’t see anything malicious about it — I’m not even sure that anything here is inappropriate. But it seems like something about it should be, which maps eerily to the tragic battle that Michael Jackson had fought against society for nearly two decades.

7 Comments

  1. Sorry, yeah I know and I was aware of it when I posted that comment, but I went with it anyway as it’s not about your blog as much as about the mainstream attitude.
    It’s the bit about twitter that made me react, I find it so sadly symbolic.

  2. @Inti,

    Well, I agree with you that celebrity deaths always overshadow important news. The Anna Nicle Smith feeding frenzy was a pretty good case in point where there was nothing but coverage on her for weeks.

    But I totally understand the media reaction to Jackson’s death given that his whole life was a media feeding frenzy. He’s the most legendary performer to die abruptly since Elvis. (Lennon was assassinated which bring up an entirely different set of circumstances).

    At a certain point I can understand being annoyed by the press coverage but I think it’s understandable that at this point, not even 24 hours after his death, that it’s going to be the news story of the day.

  3. You’re right, and I admit my first comment was stupid. I never do the advice thing when commenting (I know how annoying it is), so call that a slip.

  4. @Inti,

    No, you don’t get… oh… Wait. You’re agreeing with me. Not used to this.

    Ok, we’re back to BFF. BTW, I’m about sick of the MJ coverage at this point. I’m only good for about 24 hours.

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