I understand that Michael Jackson was a huge entertainment star but I was astounded that apparently little else of importance has happened in the world except his death. That the TV evening news and subsequent programing were dominated by Jackson on Thursday evening was not astounding, it was after all breaking news then, but when almost the entire Friday evening news(????) reporting on ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox were devoted to Jackson on Friday it was just plain mind boggling.
As far as I can tell this man was not a national hero, not a distinguished statesman, not a great humanitarian, not an exceptional literary figure, not an acclaimed painter, sculptor, architect not a groundbreaking scientist or inventor, neither an evangelist of renown or a theological leader, not a thinker of exquisite philosophy, nor anything other type of ‘person of great note’ who could have commanded this type of media adulation as little as 10 years ago.
What does this say about the world we live in?
Let me entertain you.
Patrick Lawler’s thoughts on Unnatural Selection may be relevant.