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Remembering Michael Jackson

In most cases, when a well known person dies, his or her obituary is written, perhaps accompanied by an appreciation, and then we move on to the next story.

But as we have seen over the weekend, and will continue to see in the coming days and weeks, the Michael Jackson story is quite the exception. Jackson was a musical icon, revered by many. But he also was a media enigma, a gaunt, controversial figure whose death is as mysterious as his life.

Since the news was confirmed late Thursday, there as been a slew of stories and analysis about the life and death of the entertainer. Below are some highlights.

In today's Post, reporter Paul Farhi writes about how younger Americans reacted to news of Jackson's untimely death. I found this article interesting because it seems that the cultural influence of Jackson's music is lost on those under 30.

Last week, The Atlantic writer Andrew Sullivan blogged about how Jackson's inability to lead a normal life, blaming both the singer and society, ultimately led to his demise. Sullivan wrote that he believed that Jackson was taken advantage of and hopes "he has the peace now he never had in his life."

MTV, where Jackson defined what the music video could be with the 1982 release of "Thriller," has dedicated an entire web page to the artist. The montage includes Jackson's MTV moments, music videos, and photos of some of his most outlandish outfits. Similarly, VH1.com has music videos, reactions to the singer's death and a photo retrospective.

The TV news networks simply have not gotten enough out of the Jackson story. Tonight, CNN's Larry King Live will once again dedicate its hour-long program at 9 p.m. to discussing the details surrounding Jackson's mysterious death. Cnn.com also includes video clips as well as constant updates on its home page.

And keep an eye out this week as news and tabloid magazines hit the newsstand. My journalistic instinct tells me that MJ will appear on the covers of Time, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, People, US, and many others.

Please let us know what stories and updates you come across this week, since they will be a plenty.

By Lauren Wiseman  |  June 29, 2009; 1:06 PM ET
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