I had posted the following to Twitter, but it belongs here:
“11 years old, standing on chestnut st. near 11th, outside store, watching tvs play Thriller thru a window. that was me.”
Michael Jackson’s death triggered moments of reflection for many. So many that services across the Web struggled to stay functional as people either reached out for news, or to share their memories with one another.
He stands as a kind of Rorschach test. What you think of him and his contributions to music and entertainment are dependent on you – the information published about him you cared to absorb, rationalize, relate to, or reject.
He was a force. He left an imprint.
WNEW.com: The Epic of Michael Jackson
Metafilter: Ongoing thread
NPR.org: Michael Jackson: Life Of A Pop Icon
Susie Madrak: The Life and Death of Michael Jackson
Jeneane Sessum: Have You Seen My Childhood
Comcaster Scott Westerman: Michael Jackson’s place in the pantheon of our lives
Lisa Marie Presley: He Knew.
Koax! Koax! Koax! (via boing boing): Some thoughts on Michael Jackson
YouTube: I’ll Be There Acapella:
And lastly, a very deep thought by co-worker John: “The Michael Jackson we knew died a long time ago”