The Death of Michael Jackson: New Media Broke the Story, Old Media OK’d It

Filed as Features on June 26, 2009 2:38 pm

The death of pop icon Michael Jackson is dominating the web right now. TMZ broke the story, went down under the strain, but is back up now. Meanwhile, various sites and tweets talk about Twitter getting some fail whales and massive traffic spikes, which isn’t all that surprising after all. The King of Pop has been in the limelight for so long, it is just huge. At a time, the trending topics on Twitter was more or less exclusively dominated by his death, with people forgetting all about Iran for a little while at least.

People rush to Jackson’s Facebook page, currently sporting 880 991 fans, but expect that number to grow tremendously. Facebook overall is performing sluggishly now, possibly due to the artist’s death. It will be interesting to follow up on traffic spikes and surges later on. Meanwhile, I’m surprised to see that michaeljackson.com is still up and working, but then again it it’s just a simple HTML page with a Sony Music statement.

TMZ might have broken the story, and Twitter is full of discussion, anger, salutations, grief, and slandering, but old media managed to prevail anyway, despite being late to the show. The following quote is from Eat Sleep Publish, which pretty much sums up the media landscape for the masses right now:

Michael Jackson wasn’t, as far as I could tell, widely considered dead until the LA Times independently reported that doctors had pronounced him dead.

It’s not true until I say it’s true. That’s power.

True, for now at least. That’s something to think about.

But that’s for another day. Let’s remember the King of Pop by listening to his music, or at least by keeping it classy (I’m looking at you, Perez Hilton). The circus that was his life wasn’t about all the media nonsense, and it is a shame that Jackson wasn’t able to wrap up his career with the 50 (!) sold out shows in London.

1958-2009. Rest in peace Michael Jackson.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

This post was written by

You can visit the for a short bio, more posts, and other information about the author.


Submissions & Subscriptions

Submit the post to Reddit, StumbleUpon, Digg or Del.icio.us.

Did you like it? Then subscribe to our RSS feed!



  1. By PRINCE VICTOR KOLE ADEDEJI posted on June 26, 2009 at 5:38 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    My Dear POP Star we you fans worldwide morn your death, we love and miss you. Say me well to my love ones over there, say me well to my Loving and Caring Mother. Micheal Jackson we love u.

    Reply

  2. By l posted on June 26, 2009 at 7:45 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    GET OVER IT!! Half of u didnt eeven know the man

    Reply

  3. By bodydetoxdietgirl posted on June 26, 2009 at 8:46 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    It is such a great loss that a man with great talent like Michael Jackson dies. RIP King of POP

    Reply

  4. By Chris R. posted on June 27, 2009 at 12:24 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    I am in shock. I have followed Michael since I was about 13 years old (he was 9). The first time I saw him perform was on the Ed Sullivan show and I was hooked on his music. I have followed his career, and his fortunes/misfortunes, and find his death to be an unfortunate loss as his young age.

    Michael will be missed dearly. This is a tragic loss.

    Reply

  5. By c pruitt posted on June 27, 2009 at 1:17 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Reply

  6. By Fred posted on June 27, 2009 at 7:22 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Michael Jackson will be greatly missed, but his music will live on! Check out this tribute to him….awesome is all I can say. We’ll miss you Michael.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ_hZ5nvHU4

    Reply

  7. By emma posted on June 29, 2009 at 6:56 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    i love michael jackson , i miss u , won’t forget ur sound ;(( i really miss him….

    Reply

  8. By Ina Marie posted on June 30, 2009 at 12:40 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    I grew up listening to Michael Jacksons music and I loved it and admired his talent, I am greatly saddened by his unexpected and sudden death…my condolenses to his family,may he rest in peace…he was greatly loved and will certainly be missed…

    Reply

  9. By Ina Marie posted on June 30, 2009 at 12:48 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    I grew up listening to Michael jacksons music and I loved it and admired his talent…I am deeply saddend by his unexpected and sudden death…the world has lost a great talent and a gentle soul…my condolonses to his family, may he RIP…

    Reply

  10. Mining the MJ community — NevilleHobson.comJune 30, 2009 at 8:33 pm
  11. By jodie posted on July 6, 2009 at 8:36 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    I think the whole worlds addicted to the drama
    Only attracted to the things that bring you trauma
    Most of us only care about money makin
    Selfishness got us followin the wrong direction
    Wrong information always shown by the media
    Negative images is the main criteria
    Infecting their young minds faster than bacteria

    Reply

  12. Michael Jackson Has Most Fans on Facebook | The Blog HeraldJuly 7, 2009 at 4:35 pm
  13. The Choice of First or Well | The Blog HeraldJuly 9, 2009 at 11:01 am
  14. NY Times: Blogosphere Plays Second Fiddle To Mainstream Media—With A Few Exceptions Of Course | The Blog HeraldJuly 13, 2009 at 10:57 pm
  15. By rhea khana posted on July 19, 2009 at 5:22 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Aku sangat menyayangimu Michael Jackson … lebih dari yang kau tahu. Dan, aku akan selalu mengingat semua keindahan yang pernah kau berikan pada ku (kami). Doaku selalu untuk mu, dan kau akan aku tempatkan dalam hatiku yang paling dalam.

    I Love You 4ever, my superstar …

    Reply

  16. By microcontroller posted on July 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Michael Jackson is the best pop singer of all times. there is no one like him.

    Reply

  17. By | Acne Treatment Health Site posted on September 5, 2009 at 10:19 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    i idolize Michael Jackson because of his great achievement in the Pop Music. farewell King of Pop.

    Reply

  18. By Chezzny posted on December 14, 2009 at 3:42 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Michael Jackson would always be the best popstar ever. i love all his songs and his live concerts.
    *

    Reply

    Your words are your own, so be nice and helpful if you can. If this is the first time you're posting a comment, it might go into moderation. Don't worry, it's not lost, so there's no need to repost it! We accept clean XHTML in comments, but don't overdo it please.

    Current ye@r *