Saturday, June 27, 2009


(Wheatpaste remix rendering of Michael Jackson, above, photographed by Ivan Corsa in Manhattan's Soho district and uploaded to on November 6, 2008. The image is being shared widely today across the blogosphere via Flickr, Twitter, and other forms of social media)

Excerpt from a Friday post by Fast Company blogger Clay Dillow:
"Upon rumors of Michael Jackson's death in Los Angeles, fans flocked to the Web for confirmation, resulting in an avalanche of searches, Tweets, and page views that crashed Google and brought Twitter to a standstill as the number of Tweets per second doubled in an instant. The online fiasco was a fitting testament to Jackson's legacy: He was beyond famous. Michael Jackson: He played the Berlin Wall. He invented Pop. He beat the rap. He crashed Google."

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Anonymous Bill Spiers said...

I could never call myself a Michael Jackson fan, but seeing this performance (which brought me to tears) exemplifies that he was much more than a "star," and how his work had such universal appeal. "Spectacular" doesn't quite cover it.

A great, simple post—thank you.

June 27, 2009 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger Marcia Stepanek said...

Thanks, Bill, for your comment. There have been lots of videos shared online these past 2-3 days of rarely-seen performances or forgotten ones--a kind of crowdsourced memorial occuring digitally, self-organized and huge. Fascinating to watch.

June 28, 2009 at 12:24 AM  

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