Apparently Twitter was pretty much overloaded with the news that Michael Jackson had died. From Toronto, Shawn gets in an early word of warning:
There is no need to compare MJ & Iran – completely dif, just intersect on same medium, not a social/moral lesson to be learned.
Guy captures the mood:
im feeling weird about Jacko dying. he was too weird and too great and it feels strange.
Was surprises me, is that somehow I am not more surprised. By the time I got to know his music in the late 1980s, he had Thriller behind him and was already stratospheric, categorized alongside other immortals like Elvis Presley. Horrible to think it, but a premature death seems somehow appropriate for the narrative, the modern folklore.