Tracy’s Random Thoughts: July 2009 Edition

Oddly, this summer has been mild, but the heat is picking up and now my body is up to the test.  Here we go:

1. Michael Jackson

It’s tragic that  Michael Jackson died at age 50, which is very young and the press coverage went on overload and we agree the media went overboard to this story and did not help when Joe Jackson, Michael’s father, held a press conference to promote his record company.  That press conference alone tells about Michael Jackson.

As a music talent, Michael Jackson was off the charts great and deserve his superstar recognition.  Off the Wall and Thriller transcended the music industry and that is where Michael Jackson’s star peaked and went down in 1987 with Bad and his skin turning to white.  As a person, he never controlled his own life.  Of course, Michael was very weird and deserve the name, “Jacko.”  However, if you know his back story, he never had a chance to grow up since he was stuck in the spotlight all of his life, which was attributed to his abusive father.  Then, when the years go by, his body matured, but his mind went the opposite.  The Michael Jackson is truly a modern tragic of a talent, who peaked in the 80s, was wasted by friends and family surrounding him to make a profit for themselves.

2. Steve McNair

Another tragedy is Steve McNair was shot and killed by his alleged girlfriend, who took her life as well.  We would never know the whole story, but from the gist of it, Steve was having an affair with this 20-year old woman and unfortunately got a love-struck woman.

The overall story is that on the outside, McNair was one of the toughest players in the NFL, a nice and charitable guy, and had great support.  However, the one incident where he cheated essentially, might of change our preception who he was really.  In all honestly, I think McNair had a great heart and wanted to do the right thing, but I think we’re in a age where everyone needs instant gratification or want new challenges.  Professionally, that might be a good thing, but on a personal level, it could lead to life-altering decisions.  What I think of what McNair did was terrible for his wife and 4 kids, but should we be shocked at all?  I will still remember him for his play and his last act was just a blip on the radar but with major circumstances.

3. Walter Cronkite

I never witness Walter Cronkite on air since he left the CBS Evening News in 1981.  Thanks to YouTube and other archival footage, I see why Cronkite innovated TV journalism.  His straight shooter approach, his presence, his knowledge for seeking truth is why he was called the “Most Trusted Man in the News.”  This brings up another point that with his symbolism of his death, is mainstream journalism dying?  People are relying less of TV journalism and more of online content from blogs and citizen journalism.  Is the true Cronkite replacement online?  You bet.  Which leads me to this…

4. Celebrity

We associate celebrity on who ever is on the movie or tv screen, or broadcast to millions on radio.  Now with social media, has the term celebrity being deflated?  People can make their own videos and podcasts.  There will be still stars who are going to be celebrities, but the difference is that the PR people, the networks, the studios, and elites are not in control…it is all about us on who should deserve celebrity, which it should it be, although I still don’t get why American Idol is still popular since almost none of the singers have hit superstar status.  Oh well.

5. Jon and Kate

It’s terrible that Jon and Kate will have a divorce and feel sorry for the 8 kids.  This brings up one terrible thing for future references: Jon is not making the Asian men look good for marriages.  Now, I’m worried that my potential wife, whoever that may be, will give the hook soon.

That is all, hope you enjoy your vacation or staycation.

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  • I don’t watch “Jon and Kate,” but I DO think we need more reppin’ of minorities on TV. (My mom feels that TV can impact real-life relationships.) I read somewhere that there are less blacks on primetime TV now than in the ’80s. If you check out HGTV, you’ll see some yuppie desi (South Asian) couples. The under-priviledged desis are almost NEVER seen in the media! (There are many; I’ve worked w/ them in Queens b4 coming to DC).

  • @knightleyemma I agree we do need more minorities on TV, but there are too many choices for everyone to select and that is not a bad thing for minorities. The new and alternative media has leveled the playing field, although the news is the same with focusing on the very bad stories like the astroturfing in some town halls. That is what I’m more upset about.

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