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MJ hysteria takes over

June 26, 2009 - Nikki Younk
Are you interested in keeping up with the turmoil in Iran? Want to know more about our country’s economic crisis? Looking for info on what happened at last night’s city council meeting? Well, you can turn on CNN, check out Google, or read your friendly local newspaper.

At least, that’s what you used to be able to the carefree days before the death of legend, king-of-pop, music icon extraordinaire Michael Jackson. Nothing else seems to be making the news now.

Sure, he was tolerable, and even good, back in the days of the Jackson Five. With absolutely no sarcasm intended, I can say that “I Want You Back” is a phenomenal pop song.

But really, I think we’re all drowning in the avalanche of Jackson-related media reports right now. I just went on and looked at all the top news stories under various headings like entertainment, health, technology, world news, etc., etc. Guess who headlined each and every category? Michael Jackson.

It would make sense under entertainment, yes. But get this. Top story in health: “Jackson had history of health problems.” Top technology story? “Jackson dies, almost takes Internet with him.” World? “Jackson's troubles overshadowed success.”

The whole thing almost makes you wish that Jon and Kate would take over again. Ok, not quite.

Perhaps my real complaint should be along the lines of “pop culture has taken over America--to the extreme.” I guess I’ll just go crawl under a rock until this whole Jackson thing blows over.

My next post will be happy, positive, and light-hearted. I promise.


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