Yes, Jacko had undeniable talent. And, yes, Thriller drove more sales than any other album ever. But, Jacko released Thriller back in 1982 — roughly 27 years ago. And, what has he accomplished since? Creatively very little, and the personal story is very mixed. Despite that, his death is the big news story everywhere, both in America and abroad. The King of Pop is Dead. For the major media outlets, this is a much bigger story than what’s happening in Iran. Yesterday’s pop star is getting far more ink than the potential liberalization of the Middle East. That’s sad in concept, but even more so in practice. The success of Iran’s protest movement depends on keeping the world’s attention. Hence, the signs written in English. Today, that attention is somewhere else. We’re already saying, Neda who? Stick a fork in this protest movement. It’s feeling done. Sad how the trivial can change history.
PS A reader sent along an article that talks about the risk of the MJ story derailing the important media coverage of the Iran protests. It’s something, the article notes, that policy experts are apparently concerned about. Worth a read.