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Michael Jackson: Icon or reflection?Posted Thursday, June 25, 2009, at 10:50 PM
Michael Jackson: Icon of a generation -- or reflection of his generation?
I'd say it's a little of both.
The so-called "King of Pop." whose death has already become one of those "do you remember where you where when you heard..." events, lived a life that, in many ways, reflected his generation to an extreme.
Stardom -- innocence lost -- came at a young age. Then came the glitz of the overdone (for many of that time) 1980s. Add to the mix Jackson's apparently never-ending search for an identity. The plastic surgery went to a costly extreme, but the Jackson generation is, for many, the makeover generation.
Jackson seemed to be bombarded by hangers-on out to get his money and run. To a much lesser extreme, everyone from scammers to credit card companies do the same. They just don't manage your life like Jackson's string of managers.
Financial problems were supposedly piling up for Jackson at the end. America can relate.
For those of us in middle age, we watched Michael Jackson grow up with us. Successes and problems piled up -- as they did for all of us; ours were simply on a much smaller scale.
Today, a generation reflects -- and remembers.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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