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Grow Up

I scan a dozen media sites every day. The leading purveyor of news today is CNet, because, of all of the sites around the world that I read, they were the only site on which the lead story was not “Michael Jackson is still dead”. They had their story on the impact of the death at number 3 [there was a surge of traffic on Twitter, YouTube, and the ‘Net].

John Doone Donne makes a valid point in Meditation XVII: “… any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” I don’t doubt the sincere shock and pain felt by others, but this has reached media-fueled hysteria. One of the contributing causes of his death was Mr. Jackson’s refusal to mature. The same can be said of the media.

3 comments

1 distributrocap { 06.28.09 at 11:54 am }

bryan – you are last two sentences are brilliant and say it all about what it going on today

2 Bryan { 06.28.09 at 12:15 pm }

Mr. Duff, if you had ever been involved in chaos theory you would understand the profound truth of what Doone Donne is saying. Everything has an effect on the entire system, even if it isn’t immediately perceived. Chance events ripple through the world and have consequences. Pandemics start with a sneeze.

I thank you for your kind words, DC. Death isn’t something that should be trivialized.

3 Bryan { 06.28.09 at 2:41 pm }

I used that spelling because I was doing it from memory and didn’t bother to verify it. After the passing of 45 years I remembered the quote but not the spelling.

Gravity isn’t affected by death, the mass remains: “ashes to ashes”.

Mr. Jackson had a disease that destroys skin pigmentation. That is the reason for the glove, the long sleeved shirts, etc. to hide the effects of the problem while he was performing. The disease tends to occur in patches rather than a general lightening. Enough people complained that medical details had to be released.

Britain didn’t have a racially mixed population until after WWII and the break-up of the Empire, so there was no one to complain. Things change.