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John Hardly BS: I am boycotting the MJ obit thread (215* d) RE: BS: I am boycotting the MJ obit thread 28 Jun 09

"Any citing of either Michael Jackson or Elvis as a "genius" is proof positive of language inflation way out of control."

Oh, there's a bit of that, no doubt. On the other hand, genius was inflated beyond its true meaning, so I guess it's a bit of a "turnabout is fair play".   I don't think the "genius" people are referring to with MJ is his singing or his songs. It has more to do with the whole entertainment gig. It's that he innovated the whole song-and-dance package in a way that changed pop music to an even greater extent than many of those who went before in the same category of entertaining (like Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly etc). A whole video industry was virtually built around him, and when he stopped entertaining, that video industry has languished since the late 80s, early 90s. He may be the most influential entertainer of his generation.

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