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Drew talks about the media frenzy surrounding Michael Jackson's death and also shares some of Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week 6/21 - 6/27
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There's really only one story to talk about this week: Michael Jackson's death. You'd think that MJ's death was just the latest in a long string of celebrity not-news flashes that engrossed the media beyond all reason. But I actually have to give them a pass on this one.
In the 10 years Fark has been around, there are only two events that almost crashed the site. One was 9/11. The other one was Michael Jackson's trial verdict announcement.
Why? Possibly because Michael Jackson is interesting to a large percentage of the general population. Even if you didn't grow up with his music, odds are you're still familiar with it. Then there's the freakshow factor. Every element of MJ's life was bizarre, and the constant attention on every facet of his behavior caused him to act even more bizzare.
It's not that Michael Jackson's passing is important news, because it certainly isn't. However, given his status as arguably the most recognized celebrity on the face of the planet, there is still a lot of mystery to be solved, including why he died, what lead him down the path of dying (relatively) young, and how many people in his past are going to come forward with vastly different stories than they've previously told the media (my money is on all of them). A huge portion of the population is interested in MJ news and they're stampeding online to find every shred of information about his death, to the point that Google thought that all the Michael Jackson searches last week were a DDoS attack.
To the credit of MSM outlets everywhere, most of them continue to cover Iran news in the midst of this MJ onslaught -- even though there's every indication that the Iran situation has played itself out (for now at least).
Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2009-06-21 to Sat 2009-06-27:
New Zealand lawmakers are looking for cheaper ways to house their prisoners. Apparently they don't realize how close to Australia they are
Three dogs added to TSA staff in effort to increase communication skills, mean intelligence
Today, seventy-seven members of Congress urged President Obama to issue an immediate moratorium on further gay discharges. This issue, which has already affected many seamen, could snowball even further if no action is taken
"Victorian man diagnosed with swine flu dies." ZOMG IT CAN TIME TRAVEL111
CDC data shows HIV infection rates greater in the South but at least it stays within the same family
Truck carrying a load of pigs overturns on interstate, witnesses report multiple cases of swine flew
Researchers find evolution in warmer climates occurs faster, giving birth to the "Florida Paradox"
Iran's supreme leader calls for tolerance toward protesters that have not yet been arrested, shot, or beaten
Astronut Lisa Nowak's trial to move forward following appeal and diaper change, to remain released on own incontinence
Gay rights activists unhappy with church's exorcism of teen's "homosexual demons." The power of Christian Dior compels you
Pelham middle school teacher meets horny 15 yr-old online, thinks taking her virginity will be easy as 1 2 3
NL Rookie of the Year misunderstands when coaches tell him they want him to hit .420
Dates and locations for all NFL summer training camps, for those football fans eagerly awaiting the new season. Plus you Browns fans
Kansas City Royal pitcher Sidney Ponson tested positive for the stimulant and weight loss drug Phentermine. Ponson is currently 1-5 with a 7.27 ERA and weighs 250 lbs, so he really should ask for a refund
Sea turtle that lost flippers to shark attack fitted with artificial flippers so it can be attacked by shark again
Indian CEO says most US tech grads are unemployable, have unintelligible accents, smell like beef stew
Pigeons "make good art critics", presumably because all they ever do is shiat all over everything, just like real critics
Ratings were up as millions watched Jon & Kate's marriage fail; making it the first time millions got to watch marriage fail since election night in California
Michael Jackson's autopsy underway. Coroner struggling with first question: "Race: __________"
Missing: One Governor of South Carolina, white, Republican, has all shots, answers to "Mark"
White House appoints first envoy to a rogue Arab country in four years. Syriasly
Ugandan rebels found to have killed 1,200 Congolese this year, 1,201 if you include that son of a biatch Van Owen, who blew off Roland's head
Gorbachev's CD of love ballads fetches $165,000 at auction. Album is said to start strong but collapses under its own ambition a few songs in. CD is near-mint condition, except for a small blotch in the top-right corner
Katy Perry would like everyone to know that she is not a lesbian per se, but she does enjoy hitting on attractive women. She may not have released a second album yet, but she's clearly doing her best to market the first
Rihanna and Chris Brown want restraining order lifted. You can't beat that
MySpace workers to have 300 fewer friends. Mood: Sad
New home sales fall unexpectedly according to people who just got to 2009 by way of a DeLorean
R.I. newspaper to charge customers twice as much to view their website than paper subscriptions. That ought to sustain them until this silly Internet thing blows over
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