As I type this I watch Brooke Shields deliver a semi-hysterical eulogy to Michael Jackson. Simultaneously translated by some French dude on some French channel!
Who was Michael Jackson? What did he do? Uhh, I've been through it a couple of times, and I've come to the conclusion that if Michael Jackson had never lived, the world would still be ticking along nicely, thank you very much. Unlike, say, John Lennon, we learned exactly nothing from Michael Jackson. He had no message other than to indulge himself to the fullest extent, with the occasional nod to "charitable" causes that are the celebrity prerequisite these days.
In twenty years, Michael Jackon will be about as relevant as the person he's continually compared to, Elvis Presley, another laggard who really had not too much to account for his presence except for seemingly being in the right place at the right time.
I keep coming back to John Lennon, but he was very stubborn. He had something we like to call integrity, something we call true conviction. Please explain what conviction either of the "Kings" had, except for their pathetic addiction to painkillers.
William Dampier . . . no, I know you've never heard of him. But even though he was a nonentity in his own time, he was one of the first persons to travel around the world three times, a pirate and a scientist . . . in short, orders of magnitude more talented and intelligent than some dancing puppet that seems to be our definition of "hero" today.
In 500 years, his name will still be in the exhibits of the British Museum.
Do you think Michael Jacksons's will?