ON MICHAEL JACKSON
an issue worth pursuing is how so many people are prepared to
take Jackson’s side before hearing the evidence. What are
we willing to overlook for the sake of our personal feelings and
why are we prepared to throw morality and the truth out the window
for the sake of those feelings?
Michael Jackson has launched a web site to publish and disseminate
his side of the story as far as he can outside of a courtroom.
So has the "dean of manners, " Martha Stewart, who is
under investigation for illegal stock manipulation. Both sites
are a hit.
There seems to be a large, public abandonment of the idea of shame
for ones behavior. Now, even if the evidence is incontrovertible,
the blatantly guilty create a side show of themselves, hire professional
image managers and set out on a campaign to remake their image
in the public eye. They act as if they are the ones who have been
wronged and over time; they actually get away with it.
The idea that one aught to act with honor and dignity has been
replaced with the idea that one aught to act any way they can
as long as they can get away with it. Now, people evaluate their
plans on the basis of whether they can get away with it instead
of whether it is moral or not. And the young are learning the
The media is just as shameless. That too does not escape the attention
of the young. For the media it matters only if it will sell. And
to sell, the media jazzes up everything, turning murder into entertainment
for the masses.
That to me is the story of Michael Jackson.