In the News: Michael Jackson and Celebrity Culture

Week of July 13, 2009

News Item: The recent death of music entertainer and humanitarian Michael Jackson has received extensive media coverage these past few weeks. Tabloid magazines and cable news channels are speculating how he died while also searching for new ways to profit from his passing. Nielsen ratings revealed that over 31 million viewers tuned in to Jackson’s $1.4 million memorial service last week. Why is so much attention being paid to his passing, and why are celebrities, in general, considered major news stories?

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