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News of MJ’s death spread across Twitter and Facebook yesterday faster than crabs at band camp. As my friend Rebecca points out on Facebook, updates on social networking sites are becoming the source for news — and if the story of Watergate broke today it might look a little like this:
@d33pthroat1 Dude! @nix is such an ass! Sent posse to @waterg8 for “fact finding” mission. WHTVR!
Here is BTW, WTF?!?!’s interpretation of how some other historic news stories might break today:
The OJ murder trial:
@thejuice Need my black gloves back.
@trippin1998 Can you suggest a good dry cleaner? @laydzmanpotusa has terrible aim. LOL!
@jackie It’s a beautiful day in Dallas. Let’s take the convertible.
This is an admission to my brief obsession with the King of Pop, R.I.P. But, I counter that with: Wasn’t every eight-year-old girl in 1984 obsessed with Michael Jackson?
I was taking tap and ballet lessons. I loved dancing. I imagined I would one day lead any famous ballet troupe as the prima ballerina. My first special outfit was a pink tutu. I especially loved dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Not just the song—the entire album.
One song after another I would jump and twirl and shake it (as any 8-year-old would do) until I induced sweat. I pretended I was in Flashdance. Only the song was not Man Eater, it was P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing). Actually, P.Y.T. wasn’t nearly as fun to dance to as Beat It and Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’. But we could spend all day debating the merits of Thriller songs.
I thank MJ for all those afternoons (and mornings) his music inspired me to keep on movin’. While I am a far cry from the prima ballerina I imagined myself to become so many years ago, I know that those youthful dreams would not have been nearly so tantalizing if not for a little dose of Thriller.
Michael Jackson is dead. TMZ said so first. But doubting whether they were a credible news source I couldn’t help but wonder if this was just some weird sort of Orson Welles-esque War of the Worldsexperiment, using the internet instead of the radio to create hysteria. After they made the announcement, Twitter was FLOODED with posts on MJ. Is he? Isn’t he? Can TMZ be trusted? Why is he stealing Farah Fawcett’s thunder? I tweeted my War of the Worlds theory and my conversation quickly digressed as follows: DailyFiasco@alezafree I was curious as to why TMZ hired Zombie Orson Welles.
alezafree @DailyFiasco Topping my list of things to do before I die: Hang with Zombie Orson Welles
DailyFiasco @alezafree He just sounds so sophisticated when he demands brains.