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And the Michael Jackson/Iran Mash Up Was Born

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It's obvious that a pop icon died. What isn't obvious is the impact that Michael's death had on the world.


We cannot begin to understand the impact of an individual, the power that a person has over others until we see how the media blows that individual's death up and begins to pick it apart. And, after saturating the airwaves and Internet with Michael, it is obvious that not only did many pockets of the American population stop to pay tribute to Michael today but so did those in the Middle East ---and in particular, the nation many have been focusing their attention on, Iran.


Reza Aslan, who was born in Iran and who writes for The Daily Beast and recently published the book How to Win a Cosmic War, appeared on Morning Joe. He came on to discuss Iran but oddly, he began his talk by discussing how Iranians were pausing for a moment in the middle of what many in the West now consider to be a revolution to pay tribute to Michael.


Iranians were tweeting messages for a dead pop icon that was pushing the plight of the Iranian people which the news organizations had been trying to follow as close as possible to the side.


An Iranian even put together a video called, "BEAT IT YOU FANATICS!!! GET OUT OF MY LAND!!!" The Iranian whose handle is mydorood created a a mash-up of Michael Jackson's music and images of the Iranian uprising that had been taking place for the past couple of weeks.  



The video may not accurately present the situation at hand. This Iranian obviously believes the election was stolen by Ahmadinejad and at this point, I do not know. There are sources suggesting it was stolen and there are sources suggesting it wasn't and I do not know what the most accurate and official account of the election is.


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