I can always appreciate when someone disagrees with me in a thoughtful, well spoken manner.
There are many who felt that xanga may have had it right by minimizing Michael Jackson’s death. Schristian being one of those people, I responded to him today by saying;
“Aww come on! This is about traffic. Pure and simple. Xanga lost loads of potential traffic by ignoring this. You may not care, but that puts you in the vast minority on this one. Like it or not, this is one of the biggest news stories of the decade.”
In turn he wrote a very good entry today explaiing why my statement was all types of wrong. What makes Michael’s death more important than anyone else’s? Why do we need to see it on EVERY news outlet? Most importantly, he felt as though it is wrong to be talking about traffic in the wake of a tragedy.
Well Christian, allow me to retort.
I do not feel that Michael’s death is necessarily more important than anyone else’s, but it is certainly more newsworthy. Yes people die everyday, but it is not everyday that a person of that magnitude dies. The argument can be made that Michael was the MOST FAMOUS PERSON IN THE WORLD! Does this make him more important than someone’s grandma or best friend? No it doesn’t. But it certainly makes it a far more relevant news story.
I’ve also heard the complaints about the non-stop coverage on every media outlet. Does every channel have to talk about it? Do we need to see it on every friggin website? Where is the coverage on Farrah? What about Ed McMahon?
Look. With all due respect to Farrah and Ed, they were not Michael Jackson. They did receive coverage. Sadly it was just overshadowed by all of the Michael Jackson coverage. I don’t blame the media for this. Michael was in a class all by himself.
Over the weekend I heard many stories from people who were reminiscing about their favorite Michael memories. People my age who remember how everything stopped for the premiere of one of MJ’s videos. Older people who remember running home to watch Motown 25 and practically fainting when Michael did the moonwalk. Even younger people who remember finding out where all of their favorite dance moves came from.
The range of people he touched is simply stunning.
Now as for my comment, if I sounded a bit callous it was because I was playing devil’s advocate. I was not going to tell someone who did not seem to care about Michael all that much that xanga should have paid tribute to the man (even though they shoud have). So rather than talking about all of the reasons why he should have been paid homage, I decided to take a more logical approach.
Whether or not you liked Michael is besides the point. This is what EVERYONE was talking about this weekend. Whether they were saying nice things or not. By not joining in the discussion, I feel as though xanga just looked silly. It makes it look like xanga has been down for maintenance all weekend while every other outlet was hard at work. When people come here and see nothing about Michael they just go somewhere else to read about it. It bothers me too because I know xanga had some good posts to choose from. Why the hell should I have to go to twitter if I want to see what people are saying?
It just seems petty to me. Something does not feel right about it. Xanga has never shied away from controversy. Usually bigger stories like this would get airplay. You mean to tell that there were that many things more worthy of talking about? On a weekend no less.
Seems like this was pretty blatant to me.