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  • ChicagoBoyz Makes the Village Voice

    Posted by Shannon Love on June 29th, 2009 (All posts by )

    Or perhaps I should say we got dragged into the Village Voice. They linked to Jonathan’s post:  Michael Jackson’s Death: A Media-Driven National Disaster. Apparently, the Village Voice is amused that non-leftists are upset that Jackson’s death is distracting the media away from more real concerns.


    11 Responses to “ChicagoBoyz Makes the Village Voice”

    1. methinks Says:

      I wonder if when Obama dies there will be mass hysteria and stampedes reminiscent of Stalin’s death and funeral.

    2. Tatyana Says:

      Methinks: I hope by that time he’ll be just a line in a history textbook, so lives of silly worshipers of African-type tyrant are spared.
      What i wonder – when his action become transparent enough for enough people to kick him out of the White House.

    3. Jonathan Says:

      Ha, I guess I validated someone’s prejudices (Those wingnuts are wrong about everything, but here’s one who doesn’t like Fox News, so that proves we’re right…).


    4. Lexington Green Says:

      The ONE TIME you use a little profanity, and look what happens.

    5. Nathan Plotkin Says:

      Old saying about artists: judge the art and not the artist. Jackson was great. Media circus milking it, of course, but they are a commercial enterprise and
      want to make lots of money–you believe in that, right? They cater to the public and this, alas, is what the public seems to want. Just turn away and tend your own garden…do not expect much from the media, as experience should have already taught you.

      Obama? Don’t underestimate his place in history books this early. Simply having broken the color barrier will make him the Jackie Robinson of politics…can you recall Robinson’s hitting record (achievement)?

    6. Carl from Chicago Says:

      It was a good post

    7. Jonathan Says:


      What struck me was that no one in big-media management saw the media’s extreme focus on Jackson as an opportunity to go against the herd. The media people would no doubt say that they know their business and that going with the herd in this kind of situation is the right thing to do. I’m skeptical of this argument. I think there’s a big enough audience for serious news that Fox, for example, could have done well with less Jackson.

      It’s true that the media are giving most of the public what they want, but it’s also true that not all of the public want sensationalism at the expense of coverage of everything else. Maybe the broadcast business model only works if every media outlet piles on the latest Jackson-type news, but maybe not.

      As to Jackson’s music I am agnostic. However, as I wrote elsewhere on this blog I don’t think Jackson was admirable as a person and I don’t think it’s a good idea to celebrate him — to put it mildly.

    8. onparkstreet Says:

      Okay, somehow the convergence of Village Voice and Chicagoboyz is funny. Funny old world….

    9. Tatyana Says:

      So, where are the hordes of angry trolls from Village Voice? Are they pulverized immediately upon entering Chicagoboyz atmosphere? let a couple of them pass the filters, would you?
      Or maybe they’re just busy worshiping the Passed-on Idol of the Moment.

    10. Brett_McS Says:

      It was a good post. A few Bubbles/Plastic Surgery jokes and it would have been a great post.

    11. Jonathan Says:

      So, where are the hordes of angry trolls from Village Voice?

      I haven’t seen any. This could be because Voice readers agree with my post, or maybe the Voice’s link to us (far down the page) didn’t generate much traffic. Some topics tend to generate angry comments, some don’t.