UPDATE : On yesterday’s programme we discussed both issues : The first edition, which goes out to the rest of the world MINUS Africa, the mood was clear ; generally speaking, you thought we shouldn’t be talking about Michael Jackson at all.
The second edition, broadcasting to Africa, the response was equally clear : we can talk about China any day, you said, but today is about MJ.
Just thought i’d share that with you.
Ever since we devoted a whole programme to his death, some of you have been fuming at the extensive media coverage and the outpouring of emotion that’s followed Michael Jackson’s passing. Put this in perspective, you’ve told us time and time again. Surely there are more important things for the media to be worrying about, you’ve argued. Some of you will think much the same when we discuss this today, but today’s memorial service is right at the top of the most read subjects online and we can’t ignore it.
That lots of people are interested is beyond debate, but are you one of those who’s exasperated with that interest and the way the media is catering for it? Or is this just the right way to respond to the loss of ‘one of the greatest entertainers of them all’.
On another related point, do you think it’s understandable for people to be so moved by the death of someone they’ve never met