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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:

img1.fark.net  New Zealand lawmakers are looking for cheaper ways to house their prisoners. Apparently they don't realize how close to Australia they are    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Three dogs added to TSA staff in effort to increase communication skills, mean intelligence    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  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    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  "Victorian man diagnosed with swine flu dies." ZOMG IT CAN TIME TRAVEL111    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  CDC data shows HIV infection rates greater in the South but at least it stays within the same family    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Truck carrying a load of pigs overturns on interstate, witnesses report multiple cases of swine flew    

img1.fark.net  Researchers find evolution in warmer climates occurs faster, giving birth to the "Florida Paradox"    

img1.fark.net  Iran's supreme leader calls for tolerance toward protesters that have not yet been arrested, shot, or beaten    

img1.fark.net  Astronut Lisa Nowak's trial to move forward following appeal and diaper change, to remain released on own incontinence    

img1.fark.net  Gay rights activists unhappy with church's exorcism of teen's "homosexual demons." The power of Christian Dior compels you    

img1.fark.net  Pelham middle school teacher meets horny 15 yr-old online, thinks taking her virginity will be easy as 1 2 3    


Sports:

img1.fark.net  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    

img1.fark.net  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    


Geek:

img1.fark.net  Sea turtle that lost flippers to shark attack fitted with artificial flippers so it can be attacked by shark again    

img1.fark.net  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    


Showbiz:

img1.fark.net  Black-Eyed-Perez    

img1.fark.net  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    

img1.fark.net  Michael Jackson's autopsy underway. Coroner struggling with first question: "Race: __________"    


Politics:

img1.fark.net  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    


Music:

  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    

img1.fark.net  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    

img1.fark.net  Rihanna and Chris Brown want restraining order lifted. You can't beat that    


Business:

img1.fark.net  MySpace workers to have 300 fewer friends. Mood: Sad    

img1.fark.net  New home sales fall unexpectedly according to people who just got to 2009 by way of a DeLorean    

img1.fark.net  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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2009-06-29 11:53:54 AM
Drew, are you girding the servers for the Walter Cronkite death thing next week, or will that be small potatoes?
 
2009-06-29 11:55:41 AM
DarthBrooks: Drew, are you girding the servers for the Walter Cronkite death thing next week, or will that be small potatoes?

Oprah's going before Cronkite. Mark my words.
 
2009-06-29 11:58:07 AM
www.evilinternet.com
 
2009-06-29 11:58:54 AM
DarthBrooks: Drew, are you girding the servers for the Walter Cronkite death thing next week, or will that be small potatoes?

Lets not forget about Swayze...
 
2009-06-29 11:59:06 AM
If only MJ had the common courtesy to croak in Iran! It may have caused the country to moonwalk towards freedom and democracy! Or back-up to it, as it were.
 
2009-06-29 11:59:13 AM
GooberMcFly: DarthBrooks: Drew, are you girding the servers for the Walter Cronkite death thing next week, or will that be small potatoes?

Oprah's going before Cronkite. Mark my words.


If there's any justice in the world, Bill O'Reilly's head will spontaneously combust first.
 
2009-06-29 12:00:07 PM
buzzvert: www.evilinternet.com

Awesome.
 
2009-06-29 12:07:28 PM
GooberMcFly: DarthBrooks: Drew, are you girding the servers for the Walter Cronkite death thing next week, or will that be small potatoes?

Oprah's going before Cronkite. Mark my words.


Can Cronkite please die tomorrow?
 
2009-06-29 12:10:27 PM
However, given his status as arguably the most recognized celebrity on the face of the planet

I had read somewhere a few years back that some people (who obviously weren't trying to cure cancer) did research to find out who the most recognizable celebrity was and came to the conclusion it was Michael Jordon. Michael Jackson is certainly famous as all hell, though.
 
2009-06-29 12:12:02 PM
It's been almost 24 hours since the Billy Mays news broke. I demand a high-profile celebrity death ASAP
 
2009-06-29 12:21:58 PM
I like a good trainwreck as much as the next farker, but the MJ bullshiat is too much. He was a wierdo with lots of money who used to be able to dance.
 
2009-06-29 12:24:27 PM
Michael Jackson is dead?
 
2009-06-29 12:30:55 PM
Several major stories have broken recently and there have been big delays in their greenlighting, the Bernie Madoff sentencing as I type this is one example. Sometimes you just need to pick a crappy headline and run with it.

/If only there was some large, heavy implement laying around that could be use motivate the mods
 
2009-06-29 12:40:27 PM
bighairyguy: Sometimes you just need to pick a crappy headline and run with it.

They're waiting for one of the chosen few to submit a headline.

/yes, it irritates me that some people aren't limited by the "This link has already been submitted" screen.
//oh, you could tell?
 
2009-06-29 12:42:22 PM
You should have an emergency server stored behind glass.

In case of Michael Jackson, break glass.
 
Bek
2009-06-29 12:49:08 PM
Elzar: Lets not forget about Swayze...

Assuming those pictures from the tabloid-y thing were even remotely accurate, yea, jeez... poor guy.
 
2009-06-29 01:09:35 PM
GooberMcFly: Oprah's going before Cronkite. Mark my words.

Oh my god.. when Oprah kicks the bucket the entire planet is going to erupt in flames. I'll be going fishing.
 
2009-06-29 01:21:02 PM
benlonghair: bighairyguy: Sometimes you just need to pick a crappy headline and run with it.

They're waiting for one of the chosen few to submit a headline.

/yes, it irritates me that some people aren't limited by the "This link has already been submitted" screen.
//oh, you could tell?


I'm hardly one of the "chosen few", and I've managed to hit hit triple digits, including a couple "Breaking News" items.

However, the mods have been nicer to me after what I did to Drew at the last DC Fark Party.
 
2009-06-29 01:35:36 PM
benlonghair: They're waiting for one of the chosen few to submit a headline.

/yes, it irritates me that some people aren't limited by the "This link has already been submitted" screen.
//oh, you could tell?


You'll get over it.
 
2009-06-29 02:01:10 PM
bighairyguy: However, the mods have been nicer to me after what I did to Drew at the last DC Fark Party.

I don't want to know.

40below: You'll get over it.

Probably. If not, I know where the door is.
 
2009-06-29 02:08:53 PM
cretinbob
Michael Jackson is dead?

Nope.
 
2009-06-29 02:09:23 PM
benlonghair: bighairyguy: However, the mods have been nicer to me after what I did to Drew at the last DC Fark Party.

I don't want to know.


My profile pic is from said party. Drew is behind me, somewhere.
 
2009-06-29 02:10:07 PM
to the point that Google thought that all the Michael Jackson searches last week were a DDoS attack.

So many people wanted to confirm Michael Jackson's death they broke Google
 
2009-06-29 02:14:14 PM
Kome: I had read somewhere a few years back that some people (who obviously weren't trying to cure cancer) did research to find out who the most recognizable celebrity was and came to the conclusion it was Michael Jordon. Michael Jackson is certainly famous as all hell, though.

So famous you don't even know how to spell his name. Besides, basketball is an American sport played by American teams and like, Japan. Or is that baseball? I always get them confused. Anyway, my point is that a musician like MJ had global appeal, where as a sportsman like.. err.. MJ, doesn't.

/probably couldn't tell Michael Jordan from Shaq
 
2009-06-29 02:14:18 PM
What are Michael Jackson, Ed McMahon, and Farrah Fawcett getting for Christmas?

Patrick Swayze.
 
2009-06-29 02:14:23 PM
Yea, I got a HOTW...
 
2009-06-29 02:14:54 PM
bizzare MJ is bizzare.
 
2009-06-29 02:16:04 PM
Hahaha! two times....almost crashed......classic.
 
2009-06-29 02:17:29 PM
Dawg47: What are Michael Jackson, Ed McMahon, and Farrah Fawcett getting for Christmas?

Patrick Swayze.


Your newsletter, subscribe me!
 
2009-06-29 02:21:35 PM
Is it wrong that I was more affected by the death of Billy Mays than Michael Jackson? When Michael Jackson died, I felt relieved for his children, who now finally have some sort of chance of a normal life. When Billy Mays died I was sad. Who will enthusiastically sell me something I never realized I needed until I saw it on TV. Sure, I never bought anything, but Billy was good at waking me up when I went to sleep watching TV, so I could turn it off and go to bed. You will be missed Billy Mays.
 
2009-06-29 02:22:37 PM
Thinking back...MJ's death is the first celebrity death that truly hit me hard. I was a bit too young/naive/sheltered to know who Cobain was when he died. Heath Ledger dying was sad, but, yeah, his movies are OK, it's sad, I moved on. But like, I remember being in 4th grade, and we thought MJ's music was the best thing ever, and what was odd was, our parents agreed.

Let the media milk this one; I think he deserves it.
 
2009-06-29 02:22:56 PM
HaywoodJablonski: It's been almost 24 hours since the Billy Mays news broke. I demand a high-profile celebrity death ASAP

I was going to tell you about Fred Travalena until I saw the "high-profile" clause of your request.
 
2009-06-29 02:24:06 PM
Who's Michael Jackson?
 
2009-06-29 02:25:03 PM
Director_Mr: Is it wrong that I was more affected by the death of Billy Mays than Michael Jackson? When Michael Jackson died, I felt relieved for his children, who now finally have some sort of chance of a normal life. When Billy Mays died I was sad. Who will enthusiastically sell me something I never realized I needed until I saw it on TV. Sure, I never bought anything, but Billy was good at waking me up when I went to sleep watching TV, so I could turn it off and go to bed. You will be missed Billy Mays.

Hi, it's Vince with Slap Chop! (new window)
 
2009-06-29 02:28:47 PM
AIDS, am I rite? I knew it
 
2009-06-29 02:29:04 PM
Dawg47
What are Michael Jackson, Ed McMahon, and Farrah Fawcett getting for Christmas?

Patrick Swayze.


I LOL'D!!
 
2009-06-29 02:29:47 PM
dstanley: to the point that Google thought that all the Michael Jackson searches last week were a DDoS attack.

So many people wanted to confirm Michael Jackson's death they broke Google


I Bing'd.
 
2009-06-29 02:32:31 PM
There's 1 other event that almost crashed the site.... the massive CSS Redesign of '07....

/You'll get over it.
 
2009-06-29 02:36:53 PM
"It's not that Michael Jackson's passing is important news, because it certainly isn't."

Yeah, Drew, the once and future most-popular-recording-artist's death is, indeed, important news. You may not like him, and you may think, as I do, that his transgressions were awful, but you cannot deny that his passing is a momentous event.

Wrong, sir....WRONG!
 
2009-06-29 02:37:05 PM
I missed the one about the Royals, nice job subby!
 
2009-06-29 02:39:12 PM
busy chillin': cretinbob
Michael Jackson is dead?

Nope.


Christ on a cracker, please tell me he won't be the next Elvis.

"He's alive man, I swear! He just faked his death to get away from the media!!"
 
2009-06-29 02:42:11 PM
Can someone provide a linky to the MJ story that drew mentions.

Thanks.
 
2009-06-29 02:42:25 PM
wrek: Who's Michael Jackson?

He broke the internets.
 
2009-06-29 02:42:25 PM
teribeth
busy chillin': cretinbob
Michael Jackson is dead?

Nope.

Christ on a cracker, please tell me he won't be the next Elvis.

"He's alive man, I swear! He just faked his death to get away from the media!!"


No...he's dead. I was just a being a smart ass. Stupid questions get stupid answers.
 
2009-06-29 02:42:50 PM
Drew is a great guy.
 
2009-06-29 02:56:47 PM
I've never found the right place to ask, so I'll ask here: What's with the green wristband-looking thing on the FARK logo's K?
 
2009-06-29 02:59:45 PM
vanettej: I've never found the right place to ask, so I'll ask here: What's with the green wristband-looking thing on the FARK logo's K?

You win the prize for being the 10,000th person to ask that.
 
2009-06-29 03:03:31 PM
SpinStopper: vanettej: I've never found the right place to ask, so I'll ask here: What's with the green wristband-looking thing on the FARK logo's K?

You win the prize for being the 10,000th person to ask that.


Okay. Would anyone like to answer my question, instead of just leaving a snarky com-who the hell am I trying to kid, this is Fark. Flame on.
 
2009-06-29 03:05:02 PM
Glad to see the Zevon one get in
 
2009-06-29 03:05:08 PM
vanettej: What's with the green wristband-looking thing on the FARK logo's K

It's a show of solidarity with the protesters in Iran.

Or shameless pandering to all the people who signed up to take part in the TF only threads about the protest in Iran.

You get to pick.
 
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