Saturday, June 27, 2009

I, news report

What is sort of fascinating about the media response to the death of Michael Jackson is that his death took everyone by complete surprise, yet there were fairly robust and detailed television specials airing about his life within a few hours of his death. This whole process took place with no organization other than the invisible hand of the market.

The title of this post is a reference to this famous essay.


Anonymous said...

What struck me about the coverage is that Farrah was on equal footing until reporters found out that Jackson's demise resulted in bombardment of texting and tweeting. Then she disappeared from the radar.

Maybe the media outlets were preparing those special broadcasts in the interim, but it's also possible that they were following the higher ratings.

LadyDi said...

Did you know that Time Magazine has a Commemorative Issue on the shelf yesterday of Michael Jackson??????????