jackson_media_coverage.jpg

Sri Lankan journalist Nalaka Gunawardene notes in his blog how the twin technologies of satellite television and the Internet transformed far-away Michael Jackson into a local icon across Asia. He also mentions about a 2001 documentary named Michael Jackson Comes to Manikganj that probed how far and wide satellite television was influencing and impacting culture, society and even politics of South Asia.

See two earlier posts on the subject… Here…

And here…

While still alive, Michael Jackson was widely considered a weirdo, says Sharon Waxman in HuffPost, and adds, that in death, “Michael Jackson is suddenly some kind of a saint. A humanitarian. A philanthropist. A civil rights leader.

” ‘Like our father Martin,’ said Martin Luther King III before a live television audience of millions around the world at the memorial. ‘He was indeed a shining light.’

“What a difference two weeks and sudden death can make.

“The ceremony at Staples Center was an historic moment in our contemporary social and cultural history. It may have come the closest to a worldwide communal event as we have ever seen.

“An unprecedented cross between a Hollywood production and a somber memorial, it was watched by fans in every language, all over the world, giving it an ineffably global quality.” More here…

Meanwhile Michael Jackson lay in his golden casket at his memorial service without his brain. “The Los Angeles coroner confirmed yesterday that the organ was retained to carry out tests. The death certificate, which was signed by Jackson’s sister La Toya, lists the cause of death as deferred.” More here…

SWARAAJ CHAUHAN, International Columnist
Leave a replyComments (1)
  1. Silhouette July 8, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Michael Jackson was clearly suffering from mental illness. He was rich and talented too. We don’t know why Van Gough cut off his ear. We don’t know why Jackson cut off his nose. All we know is that people who do this stuff to get the attention of other people are suffering mentally.

    I saw a picture of how Jackson looked when younger. His dark beautiful skin, full healthy nose and normal God-given facial structure were stunning. The pressures of daddy and fame convinced him to mutilate himself to look like a pretty white girl. Maybe that’s what daddy always wanted to “love” so Jackson thought he could finally get that love by imitation? I don’t know.

    All I know is that the entire Jackson family seems just friggin addicted to fame and surficial BS to the point of insanity. Michael was the visible extreme of what they all suffer from. IMHO. MIchael Jackson’s death didn’t come as a blow to me since the few times I actually thought about him I thought that he died at about age 8 anyway and all that was left of that child was a cardboard cutout automatron of what his father resurrected from the dead horse he’d beaten. The body passing long after the soul had really truly was just a relief.

    Rest in peace and let him be a lesson to all of us.