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One Year Later, Mourning Like It Just Happened?

Today is the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson. You needn’t be a fan to know this: every newscast has mentioned it. Some programs like CBS’s The Early Show came close to acting as though nothing else was going on except that anniversary.

I watched an interview from a network package shot at the site of Jackson’s boyhood home where fans gathered to mourn. One of the people interviewed, a twenty-something that might have been a late-teen-something, was in tears as she spoke to the reporter.

“I just can’t believe it. I still can’t accept it.”

This child needs help. Professional help.

I don’t say that to disparage Jackson’s memory. He was unquestionably talented and left a major mark on the world of music.

But the fact remains that if, after a year, you’re still this torn up over someone you never knew personally, something’s wrong with your level of grief. And to the most dedicated of fans who followed the superstar’s career from its early days when the child star mesmerized the country to the very end, in which he had become an enigma of talent an eccentricity: you did not “know” him. You followed him. You enjoyed his work. You admired him. In some cases, you did so a little too hard.

But you didn’t know the guy.

If you lost a family member, would you honestly carry on this much?

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.


  • So it has been a year… This explains why I started seeing Jackson-related articles on CNN last week. They were about his "legacy," but I thought we already covered all that last year. I think as years fly by we will see him acquire the same kind of "is he dead or is he not' legend as Elvis Presley. To paraphrase Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: "he's not really dead if we find a way to remember him." I think some people take this notion a tad too far.

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