I have written a whole lot about negativity and Michael Jackson’s image, representation and, of course, accusations. Many of these articles can be read in great detail in my upcoming academic book, The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson. In light of the recent negativity about Michael in the press, here are two Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies essays you just have to read:
”Throwing Stones to Hide Your Hands’: The Mortal Persona of Michael Jackson’ by Elizabeth Amisu – http://michaeljacksonstudies.org/article/throwing-stones-to-hide-your-hands-the-mortal-persona-of-michael-jackson/
Drawing on the emerging scholarly study of ‘Jacksonism’, a movement typified by the study of the multi-modal art, political impact and cultural significance of Michael Jackson, this article de-constructs the mythological personas of the artist by exploring both his cultural deification and many subsequent attempts to degrade his deified status.
‘From Throne to Wilderness: Michael Jackson’s ‘Stranger in Moscow’ and the Foucauldian Outlaw’ by Karin Merx – http://michaeljacksonstudies.org/from-throne-to-wilderness-michael-jacksons-stranger-in-moscow-and-the-foucauldian-outlaw/
In 1993, a horde of Californian ‘police and prosecutors spent millions of dollars to create a case whose foundation never existed’.1 Their fruitless efforts were to incriminate Michael Jackson, a black artist who was the most commercially successful in the world. Jackson, who was in Russia on his Dangerous tour, wrote the song, Stranger in Moscow, in response to the severity of his accusations, the eagerness of the media to sensationalise them and the willingness of the public to believe them. This essay examines how Michael Jackson’s Stranger in Moscow, relates to philosopher, Michel Foucault’s concept of ‘power’.