Tuesday, July 07, 2009

"So Passes The Glory of the World"

Time to speak some truth to power -- in this case, the power of the money-hungry mass media and flighty popular culture.

Please don't misunderstand me: Michael Jackson was an enormously talented performer who transformed pop music in the early '80's. In my view, a lot of his music will far outlive him, just like the Beatles, Elvis, and Sinatra.

But two weeks ago, 90% of the millions who crashed computer servers and filled the Staples Center to morn him today were laughing at him for his ravaged face and weird private life.

Today, in a flash, he is a 'god' once more, and the moguls paw at him for his money.

"Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate."

--Emily Dickinson

No comments: