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sorry media, you FAIL

this might piss a lot of people off. or it may yield several "i agree with you" responses. we shall see.

i am very disappointed with the media (not only mainstream) right now. not only was 95% of the "news" last night related to michael jackson's death (with the other 5% divided between farrah fawcett's death and a drop of real international news), but i just heard that some networks canceled their prime time programming tonight to cover the jackson death.

i know that mj was/is the "king of pop." trust me. i get it. i was born in the 70s. much of my early childhood was spent in my friend suzanne's basement listening to the hits such as "thriller," "bad," and "beat it." i have my jackson memories too. but what i will never understand is how this story (and other stories like it) always take ALL precedence over any other news. i understand that the death needs to be covered. it is news. however, i find the amount of time it's receiving to be asinine. it's not like nothing else is happening in the world at the moment. i am especially upset that many media outlets have chosen to cover the jackson death while just "passing over" the situation in iran. in the grand scheme of things, what is happening in iran is (i am sorry jackson fans) much more important and relevant to the "news" than the jackson death.

this is a perfect example of why i generally loathe pop culture. for what it is, it often consumes more time and energy that it is worth. i feel the same way when congress wastes its time hearing testimony from baseball players about steroid use (come on, aren't there more important issues that need to be tackled??). i also feel the same way when beauty pageant contestants make headline news for saying stupid shit. the situation in iran, the economy, health care, clean energy, equal rights... these are all stories that are rapidly changing, yet the media chose (and is choosing again) to make the death of the king of pop (ie a pop culture icon) not only its headline story, but really the only story.

while i agree that jackson's death was untimely and out of the blue, and while i grew up in the era of "bad" and "thriller," i think in terms of importance and news worthy-ness, the death of neda should take precedence. and then there's heath care, north korea, clean energy, gay marriage, and the list just goes on and on...


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Jun. 26th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
absolute, 100% agreement.

Jun. 26th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
i agree with you.
Jun. 26th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
Not pissed off either. The media always find certain things to focus on and put everything else on the back burner.
Jun. 27th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
Count me among those in complete agreement with you. I am always sickened by the gross amount of attention that the news media spends on situations like this. If Michael Jackson hadn't died on the same day as Farrah Fawcett, the news would have been filled with her instead. It's ridiculous. It is always terribly sad when a person's life is cut short prematurely, and my heart goes out to the loved one's of the departed, but really, enough is enough.
Jun. 27th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
according to wikipedia...
All these people died on June 25 - where was their coverage?

Andres Cascioli, 72, Argentine cartoonist, cancer. [2]
Don Coldsmith, 83, American author, stroke. [3]
Farrah Fawcett, 62, American actress, anal cancer. [4]
James Baker Hall, 74, American poet and academic, Kentucky Poet Laureate. [5]
Michael Jackson, 50, American singer–songwriter, cardiac arrest. [6]
Shiv Charan Mathur, 83, Indian politician, Governor of Assam since 2008, Chief Minister of Rajasthan (1988–1989). [7]
Mian Tufail Mohammad, 95, Pakistani politician, cerebral hemorrhage. [8]
Bela Mukherjee, 89, Indian singer, widow of singer and composer Hemanta Mukherjee, natural causes. [9]
Kaleem Omar, 72, Pakistani poet and journalist, heart failure. [10]
Sky Saxon, 63, American rock musician (The Seeds). [11]
Zinaida Stagurskaya, 38, Belarusian cyclist, road accident. [12]
Anil Wilson, 62, Indian educator, Principal of St. Stephen's College, Delhi (1991–2007), pancreatic cancer. [13]
Yasmine, 37, Belgian singer and television presenter, suicide by hanging. [14]

I agree with everything you stated. Unfortunately pop culture sells, the media is going to cover what people will buy. There is much more important things happening in the world than days of coverage of a death.
Jun. 28th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
I wholeheartedly agree

"world falls" - amy ray (indigo girls)

i'm coming home with a stone, strapped onto my back
i'm coming home with a burning hope turning all my blues to black
i'm looking for a sacred hand to carve into my stone
a ghost of comfort, angel's breath to keep this life inside my chest

this world falls on me with hopes of immortality
everywhere i turn all the beauty just keeps shaking me

i woke up in the middle of a dream scared the world was too much for me
sejarez said, "don't let go, just plant the seeds and watch them grow"
i've slept in rainy canyon lands, cold drenched to my skin
i always wake to find a face to calm these troubled lands

this world falls on me with dreams of immortality
everywhere i turn all the beauty just keeps shaking me

now i'm running to the end of the earth
and i'm swimming to the edge of the sea
and i'm laughing i'm under a starry sky
this world was meant for me
don't bury me, carry me

i wish i was a nomad, an indian, or a saint
the edge of death would disappear, leave me nothing left to taint
i wish i was a nomad, an indian, or a saint
give me walking shoes, feathered arms, and a key to heaven's gate

this world falls on me with dreams of immortality
everywhere i turn all the beauty just keeps shaking me

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