Friday, June 26, 2009


PP boy Jeremy Sear tries to milk some hits from the Michael Jackson-is-dead frenzy with a post critical of the volume of news coverage devoted to the entertainer's death. There's some irony in there somewhere.

MSM news coverage is simply a response to public interest:
The internet suffered a number of slowdowns as people the world over rushed to verify accounts of Michael Jackson's death.

Search giant Google confirmed to the BBC that when the news first broke it feared it was under attack.

Millions of people who Googled the star's name were greeted with an error page rather than a list of results.

It warned users "your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application".

Google's trends page showed that searches for Michael Jackson had reached such a volume that in its so called "hotness" gauge the topic was rated "volcanic".
Jeremy's personal blog also addresses Jackson's passing, albeit somewhat irreverently:
“You could always rely on Michael to come up with something unexpected and disturbing,” friend and producer Quincy Jones told the LA Times.

“Whether it was sleepovers with other people’s children, tearing his face apart with horrendous plastic surgery, clearly fake marriages, naming his two sons “Prince”, dangling one of them out of a window, commissioning unbelievably kitsch works of “art” – Michael Jackson was undoubtedly the King Of Batshit Insane. I will miss him terribly, as will everyone else who made a great deal of money off him.”
Anything to generate some traffic.

Update: A continent mourns:
News of pop star Michael Jackson's death has been greeted with a mixture of disbelief and sadness across Africa.
No condemnation from Jeremy, yet.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is jeremy still at university? His writing is undergraduate-level.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Mica said...

All of the irony lies in Jeremy's feigned disbelief that "Iran" has been forgotten in this kerfuffle. Someone please tell that tool that the situation in Iran has been being debated in The Real World since the civil protests started. It's only his ilk that have been ignoring it.

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of the irony lies i Beck having commenters who would be lucky to crack a 70+ IQ on a good day. Yeah. Iran. Blair. Jeremy. Beck. Vomit. Good one.

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the kooky comment above, there is a missing "n". Makes more sense that way. Lattecat

6:59 AM  
Anonymous Mehaul said...

Royston you need a good sleep as your logic's clammy. Keep up the good work Iain.

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Bridgit Gread said...

Notwithstanding the fact that "Royston" is a vicious troll, how is his logic "clammy"? Those links seem to affirm his point and reveal Hall to be hypocritical on the subject of Iran.

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bridgit, glad you are taking a stand against Giggles A. Iain's not a hypocrite, just wrong. Major difference.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Bridgit Gread said...

No Latte, he's a hypocrite. He castigated Jeremy for not posting in Iran when Jeremy has and Iain himself has not. It's pot-and-kettle stuff.

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, Bridgit. You are just biased or not aware of the meaning of the word. Even when we criticise Iain, it's never for you.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Mica said...

The funniest part is Jeremy's attempt to sneak Crikey into the "nation's major online news sites".

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Giggles, when denying the fact that you are a vicious troll, best not actually be a vicious troll at the same time. Inappropriate sexualisation of female commentators makes the internet an unfriendly place for women. Surely as a committed leftwing progressive you should know that. Lattecat

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well BG, it would be obvious to everyone that Giggles is here to defend you and your fellow Grodsters. We all know that Giggles is one of your friends, even if you don't know which one. I'd pick ant or surname, but it could be one of the others.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BG there is nothing wrong with supposition, it's how science works, for instance. One's suppositions based upon facts. The fact is that Giggles A and B came to defend you and your cronies because we were showing you up by offerring to mediate a solution to the blogwar that you did not actually want to end. That leads one to suppose that the Giggles bros are mates of yours and that if they revealed their usual posting names, we'd recognise them (and I note in passing you haven't said whether you know who catweezle is). Ask your mates, one or two of them are posting here. LC

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Royston said...

Iain thanks for clearing that up, I understand now, do carry on.

ARIII I am not Bridgit but I have often fantasized about her, dont you wonder what she looks like naked? I sure do. If only she would share with us a little pic, even from the neck down to protect her anonymous status :)

12:57 AM  
Anonymous sighing cat said...

Thanks, JF. Sorry for the whinge, but I like your blog posts & most of the commenters and get tired of the Hall/Grods playground fights.

6:24 AM  

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