Max Sydney Smith9p
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@LeahB, 'just' another version of the printing press? The printing press was a big deal.
But yes, new shit has come to light, as the Dude says. The link here has extensive guardian stuff on it... http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/willlewis
As a thought exercise:
In the eyes of the law, Michael Jackson was not a paedophile. But many people believe, maybe want to believe, or need to believe that he was. Why did they do this? I don't know. But maybe for the excitement of it. Maybe because it's a way to undercut an otherwise hugely successful man. Maybe as a way of handling his weirdness. (He was a bit weird). Could you bring yourself to say, if they want to believe that, let them believe it. I don't want to upset anyone?
Sandra, you talk about respect for Michael and caring for Michael as if the Michael Jackson that we - the public - witnessed was anything more than a media construction. In fact - I don't know about anyone else - but I even find it weird that you call him Michael, not Michael Jackson. It's like your trying to personalise, humanise him. Like calling Jordan, Katie. Or MacDonalds, Mac. God knows what happened to the man behind/under/within the idea of Michael Jackson that we consumed and clearly - yourself included - still have a voracious appetite for. But it seems to me that the battles you're carefully picking are over an interpretation of an idea. Michael Jackson as homosexual. Michael Jackson as heterosexual. Michael Jackson as philanthropist. Michael Jackson as paedophile. I suppose its a bit like the heated theological debates between early Christians over the nature of Christ's divinity. Surely the important thing is that you all believe in him? In the idea of Michael Jackson. No?
(In the name of Michael…Amen.)
I took you up on this article in my blog, greedierformedia.wordpress.com