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Michael Jackson

JHK on the death of Michael Jackson:
It's fascinating to follow the coverage of Michael Jackson's death, but especially the lavish tributes to his "genius" and general wonderfulness. He was, in fact, a monster, and an apt reflection of America's extreme collective cultural confusion. He was a distillation of the lies America tells itself. He was infantile, grandiose, horrifying, and probably dangerous. His "accomplishments" as a grown man amounted to little more than a half dozen popular songs. The arc of his life may have been tragic, but it was a tragedy of his own making. His sudden end brings to mind a remark Gore Vidal made upon hearing about the death of Truman Capote: "Good career move."


Yeah, Michael seemed like a mess of a human being living a horror show of a life. Still, I spent the day on the road yesterday driving to and from DC, and I heard lots of "Beat it," "Billy Jean," and "Thriller." Those were sure good songs, and the fact that they're from my high school years doesn't hurt. Funny thing is, I was listening to NPR for most of the drive. I can only imagine the Jackson-saturation that must reign on the lowest common denominator media at the moment.

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enohae
Jun. 27th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
But it sure did a great job taking Iran out of the news...
kmo
Jun. 27th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Iran?
What is this "Iran" of which you write?

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