Unless somebody got the chance to personally meet
Whether it was his music, his videos, his interviews or the reporting of his personal life, none of us had a close relationship with him. For some, it may feel like they had a personal relationship with him, but they did not.
He was only an idol that they worshipped.
Because of this, our relationship will continue with
He definitely will continue to be a presence when it comes to the news media. Despite polling data that indicates
The 24-hour cable news channels certainly are eating this up. A week or so before his death, these channels were convincing us that the election protests in
However, these stories disappeared into the night when
Additionally, the Internet has exploded in Michael Jackson coverage. Just a casual search of cyberspace reveals that he remains a king.
So, our relationship with him continues. In fact, a person can make a compelling argument that he is bigger than ever. He certainly has a larger place in our lives.
Before his death, he was only a lurking presence in the background. True, he had been in the news because of the comeback concerts he was planning in
This was much bigger news over there than it was here. In
Now, he is back and is getting as much exposure as he did back in the 1980s.
This is not that unusual when it comes to performers. The rock band the Doors saw a revival in interest in their music almost a decade after it broke up in the aftermath of singer Jim Morrison's death.
When the revival took place, it became so potent that Rolling Stone magazine put Morrison on its cover with the title: "He's hot. He's sexy, and he's dead."
Of course, the magazine was cashing in on Morrison's popularity, and this should continue in
There have already been reports that tons of unreleased music are in the
Whoever gains control of his unreleased music, they will likely have material to release for several years. We saw this with Elvis, Tupac Shakur, and Jimi Hendrix. My guess is that
And let us not forget about existing
The marketing of the next phase of Michael Jackson's 'life' should be interesting to behold. Though it will be different, it will remain the same in many ways.
It will be all about pushing the
In other words, our relationship with him will be the same.