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Michael Jackson Exposes the Media

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July 07, 2009 – Comments (3)

I really enjoyed this thought on Tech Ticker:

The King of Pop's death is another example of the growing dominance of new online media and increasing irrelevance of old traditional media, says Michael Wolff founder of Newser.com and Vanity Fair columnist. Based on the traditional media's coverage prior to his death,  "what you would have inferred is that no one liked MJ, everybody thought he was a complete weirdo that he was written-off marginalized, absolutely forgotten," Wolff says. When in fact, the opposite is true.

Two thoughts:

1) I'm ignoring the old media/new media argument...the thought I love is that we really do get so caught up in the news and recency that we forget the big picture.  Almost all coverage of Michael Jackson over the last decade has been negative...even though so many of us have such a connection to his music (witness the 1.6 million people applying for entrance to the memorial service). It's a reminder to keep a long-term perspective (in investing and in life) and to appreciate people and circumstances before they go.

2) I went to newser.com for the first time today.  It's pretty sweet...the visuals really help me scan the news quickly.

-Anand, who believes Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' is the best song on Thriller (he could see an argument for Billie Jean)

3 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On July 07, 2009 at 5:01 PM, dbjella (< 20) wrote:

A long time ago I heard some guy being interviewed who worked as a publicist.  He explained that almost all stars have huge ego's and need to be in the center of the spotlight.  Any news good or bad was good news.  He explained that stories are a win/win for the media as well as the star.  It used to be that the publicist would start stories and they would take on a life and make their way through the tabloids.  Eventually, competition became so fierce that the publicist couldn't create stories, but were left responding to "news" floated by the tabloids.

I will miss Michael's music, but he was weird to me.  He looked weird and said weird things.  The funniest thing I heard him say was that he liked to climb trees.  

 

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#2) On July 07, 2009 at 5:22 PM, BAM85 (< 20) wrote:

Newser.com is a fabulous site - I use it everyday.

I don't know if it's a new/old media thing so much. I mean, weren't TMZ and Perez Hilton hard on this guy, too? But yes - shocked that so many people liked him. 

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#3) On July 08, 2009 at 3:38 AM, SuperCharge (89.27) wrote:

Can't say I'm a huge fan of MJ's because of the multiple lawsuits, but I can say with confidence they will be listening to his music hundreds of years from now.

Sad that the most talented artist's are so often the most tormented.

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