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Lunch Break: Michael Jackson, RIP

The Huffington Post memorializes him in the only appropriate way: With a selection of videos showing his greatest performances and videos. Virtually none of us knew Michael Jackson the man. Virtually all of us knew Michael Jackson the performer, the musician, the entertainer. And in 50 years, if our kids know Jackson, that will be how they know him. The eccentricities will be consigned to the biographies and pub trivia rounds. But the music, I'd wager, will survive.

By Ezra Klein  |  June 26, 2009; 1:30 PM ET
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the world is a less bright place without michael jackson in it.
his music did more than what politics could do.
it brought people together with joy and love from all corners of the world.
he gave people a reason to sing and dance.
what could be better than that?

he also inspired other great artists, and used his amazing gifts as a universal language for feelings, and also, charity.
i think he was a truly beautiful spirit, who gave his talent to the world with openness and a striving for absolute perfection.
the world was a harsh place for him.
wherever he goes next, he will be free of his earthly pain, and he can sing and dance, with brightness and grace forever.

this was never so popular, but it has the most beautiful spirit and melody....and the photographic images are a wonderful way to see him again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u53JU60WP6k

Posted by: jkaren | June 26, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Jeez. You'd think somebody important died.

I wonder if anything else is happening in the world?

Posted by: evenadog | June 26, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I've never been much of a Michael Jackson fan, and I've tried to keep myself from being a drive by gawker at his personal adventures, but I caught a few of his videos today on VH1, some new to me and some that I'd seen in the past. These were such bravura and unique performances (dancing and visual imagery and editing), and were consistently so for many years. "Smooth Criminal" and the later one with sister Janet standing in to lip sync some lyrics and strut her own remarkable stuff stood out for me.

Posted by: gagkk | June 27, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

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