I’ve got a new piece (sort of) on the death of MJ. I swear this is the last of my Jackson mania coverage! It is in the Dispatches section of the July issue of the Digital Journalist.
In a brief departure from my Middle East/South Asia blogging, I covered the death of the King of Pop here in Los Angeles yesterday for Polaris Images and the Huffington Post. I’ve never covered a non-political related event before but Jackson was a global star and it’s not the usual utterly vapid entertainment story. His early career and style shaped the lives on many from Brentwood to Bahrain.
Today I heard on NPR that some of Jackson’s most infamous concert gear would be on display at the Grammy Award museum downtown. With the help of the museum’s PR person, I was able to get access to a limited display to photograph including the white suit Jackson wore on the Thriller album cover.
Mir Hussein Mousavi is refusing to back down from an implacable Ayatollah Ali al-Khamenei. The Mullahs in Qom and the Assembly of Experts are under immense pressure to conclude the most chaotic episode in Iran’s revolutionary history. They may have just gotten their accidental reprieve as the celebrity website TMZ reports that Michael Jackson has just died here in Los Angeles and the world’s media will have to swing it’s attention deficit-plagued pendulum from the streets of Tehran to Westwood (which is somewhat ironic seeing as LA’s Iranian diaspora has been protesting in said Westwood daily and there was supposed to be some sort of Iranian solidarity day today).