June 26th, 2009

Michael Jackson vs. Farrah Fawcett Coverage

I get up this morning, start making breakfast, and then claim the morning edition of the Ottawa Citizen newspaper from the porch (and it's already hot outside, too!), and then I see the front page of the paper!!

Michael Jackson's death coverage gets most of the front page, while Farrah Fawcett gets the right-hand column. Michael's story continues on the full page on A5, whereas Farrah's story continues on page A12 (!!) and gets about two-thirds of the page. Having checked a couple of the other major newspapers at a local newsstand, I am disappointed that most of these newspapers have followed suit.

For all her faults, Farrah Fawcett was a much better person than Michael Jackson, and her life leading up to her death was much more inspiring and all, but the glitter and the glam of Michael Jackson wins out. Part of this stems from the mysterious circumstances surrounding Jackson's death, whereas with Farrah Fawcett we know that it was "only" cancer that killed her.

I am saddened and annoyed by the priorities of newspapers surrounding the deaths of these two celebrities, and really think that Michael Jackson's death has overshadowed Farrah Fawcett's heroic struggle, her seeming calmness in the face of it all, and the impact and fallout from her death on her family, her fans, and woman in general.
  • Current Music
    Kate Bush - "Suspended in Gaffa"

Happy Birthday, MB!

Happy birthday, aearwen2!!

Today is my favourite California friend's birthday. I've known aearwen2 for...well since the days of Fidonet (and that dates both of us, yes it does!). Oddly enough, we've never met. We've been virtual friends, sharing our lives for many, many years now, and I love her like a sister.

Happy Birthday, my dear! May the Goddess bless you with good health, good cheer, good trade winds, good prosperity, and another interesting year in the life.

Goddess bless ya, dear! :)

Jeff Goldblum, Dead or Alive?

According to this AFP article...

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5izyoigruNYgYljzTiIWxmZqSVUnQ

...the New Zealand police are denying reports on the supposed death of actor Jeff Goldblum during a fall while filming at Kauri Cliffs for some movie or other. The reports of Goldblum's death started on one of the social networking sites (ain't life and social networking grand?), although I have no idea what started this or why it started.

That said, if the rumour had been true, this would be terrible for fans of Goldblum and the entertainment industry, especially in light of the recent deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson.
  • Current Music
    Divinyls - "Science Fiction"