Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Tuesday, February 18, 2003
There is a sort of perverse genius to Michael Jackson's obsessive publicity campaigns. ABC last night dedicated its entire prime time schedule to Jackson; NBC gave him 2 hours, and more is coming up later this week.
All this attention, remember, is for a guy whose last real succcess was Thriller (1982). Boy George, Duran Duran, The Go Gos, Billy Ray Cyrus, Molly Ringwald, Jennifer Beals, McCauley Culkin, and Chevy Chase, to name just a few, all have more recent hits than Jackson. But Jackson, in a weird symbiosis with the tabloid media - which is now pretty much coterminous with the media - still contrives to keep his freak show at center stage long after his celebrity has drowned out his considerable musical talent.