Monday, 27 July 2009

How to tell time

Today I found out how to keep track of how old you are. As in, not how many years has passed since you came to be, but in the "oh, that band was popular when I was young" kinda way.

I was watching some random sports show that summarized the previous year in sports. And then it hit me. You can tell time by how sports stars shine and then fade. Like, there was a time when Mario Lemieux was the greatest hockey player ever. Now you can see him in the VIP lounge in Civic Arena at home games. And you can tell he's getting old.

I can still remember Björn Borg on the telly. He's old now. The first footballer I remember looking up to, was Bruce Grobbelaar, for some odd reason. Gary Lineker, Peter Schmeichel, Cantona, Shearer etc. Faded names (compared to active footballers). I mean, most people even think of David Beckham as a fading star.

So the next time you're thinking "I wonder how long it's been since ...", just think of sports starts. Who was popular at that time? Then you'll know. "I wonder how long it's been since Spice Girls released "Wannabe"". Well, it was back when Hierro was at his best for Real Madrid, so must've been about 1996 or thereabouts. See?

Sunday, 19 July 2009

The King of "How Low Can You Go"

The past three weeks, I've been on vacation in Denmark. And the day before we left, Michael Jackson died. I expected a lot of news coverage sure, but what I got, was a sad indicator of how media works and in terms, how easily mankind forgets.

Michael Jackson was a legend in music, at one point. I will conceed to that. But from the mid-90s up until he died, there has been almost purely negative news connected to him, and for what I believe to be good reasons too.

One can speculate about his trials, but in my mind, there is no doubt he had inappropriate dealings with children. The pictures from the secret rooms etc, seems to me to paint a pretty standard picture of someone who is a pedophile.

Now then, about the music. Yes, he revolutionized music. He was everywhere and then some. Sold more than this and that, bla bla bla. That's all very well. But so did a lot of other artists who died, except they did NOT (as far as we know) molest children.

So what happened, people? Did we just forget the past 15 years of MJ's life when he died? Was all of it gone; forgive and forget? NOT TO ME! He died, I say good riddons. The quality of the world actually increased by a little, as far as I'm concerned. None of his music or goodwill can make up for what he (allegedly, they say) did to children. Also, don't put the last 15 years of his life on anyone else than him; he drove his own life into the dirt.

And for the love of all that is good, THREE WEEKS OF CONSTANT NEWS COVERAGE is taking it a bit too fucking far. MJ and the tiniest details surrounding his family, death, funeral and memorials were aired as fucking BREAKING NEWS, overshadowing fairly important news. Shit that actually means something in our lives.

If you were an MJ fan, sorry for your loss, but don't even try to defend him, or the news' coverage of this whole debacle either. Lay his soul to rest and be done with it, and let's get back to living in the real world.