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Crowdsourcing Michael Jackson

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How Michael Jackson”™s Virtual Flash Mob Was Crowdsourced
by Eliot Van Buskirk
June 14, 2011

The king of pop might be gone, but he”™s not forgotten.

A massive collaborative act of music video creation by “” and for “” his fans has helped make sure of that. Thousands of MJ fans worldwide contributed to the posthumous Michael Jackson music video for “Behind the Mask” released Tuesday on the star”™s Facebook page.

Director Dennis Liu told that the video was inspired by Jackson”™s own work, in particular, his 1991 “Black or White” video, with its emphasis on “connecting” people “” something that today”™s social technologies are sometimes about, too.

The idea of having people act out moves from the video came from the crowd too, according to the director “” in particular, flash mobs in which everyone from Philippene prisoners to Swedish volunteers dances to his music.

The new video for the song “Behind the Mask” premiered on Facebook, where Jackson”™s regularly-updated presence has been “liked” nearly 36 million times “” a large number that pales in comparison to the over 750 million albums he is said to have sold.

This crowdsourced, professionally-produced video was under tight wraps until today, but director Dennis Liu, whose other clients have included both Apple and Microsoft, gave a verbal preview of the virtual flash mob he made from the over 15,000 videos submitted by fans since March.

Read more about how the video was produced here.

Michael Jackson To Make an Appearance

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Michael Jackson séance to be shown live on TV
by Martin Higgins
October 14, 2009

Sky TV to broadcast medium’s attempt to reach the late King of Pop

michaeljacksonBIG_200Sky Television has announced that psychic medium Derek Acorah will attempt to contact Michael Jackson in a live televised séance.

Two newly commissioned shows, Michael Jackson: The Live Séance and Michael Jackson: The Search For His Spirit, will be broadcast back-to-back on Sky in November.

Former T4 presenter, June Sarpong will present the programmes, which aim to give fans “a final chance to connect with their hero”. The séance is to take place at a secret location which was familiar to and once inhabited by the Thriller popstar. (more…)

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Pharaoh of Them All?

Filed under: Truth that's Stranger than Fiction

Submitted by W.J. Elvin III:

Egyptian statue ‘looks like Jackson’
The West Australian/AAP
August 8, 2009

US-MUSIC-JACKSON-MUSEUM-OFFBEATWas Michael Jackson secretly trying to be “The Pharaoh of Pop?”

An ancient Egyptian bust on display at the Field Museum in Chicago has been the focus of interest since the star’s death as visitors double-take at the eerie similarities between the 3,000-year-old statue and the singer.

The limestone statue – which depicts an unidentified woman – went on display at the museum in 1988 and was carved during the New Kingdom Period, dating from between 1550 BC to 1050 BC.

Like Jackson’s surgically-altered face, the carving has a distinct, upturned nose and rounded eyes.

And like Jackson – if rumours of the singer’s prosthesis are to be believed – the statue’s nose has partially disintegrated. (more…)

More Downfalls: Hitler Finds Out Michael Jackson Died AND that Sarah Palin Quit

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From Erin:

Yet another brilliant repurposing of Bruno Ganz’s brilliant performance. Too bad he doesn’t get residuals.

Hitler Finds Out Michael Jackson Died by StudBod2001

And, if that’s not enough, this one’s from Andy Rowe TV:

Hitler Finds Out Sarah Palin Resigns

Other Downfall parody links:

  • EFF Chairman Makes a Downfall Remix
  • Another Damn Downfall Clip”¦ Real Estate
  • Michael Jackson Signature Forgeries on the Rise

    Filed under: Fraud and Deception, Literary Hoaxes

    Submitted by W.J. Elvin III, as posted on International Autograph Collector’s Club and Dealer’s Alliance (IADA-CC):

    Fake Michael Jackson autographs everywhere after death of the King of Pop, June 26, 2009

    Beware of fake Michael Jackson signed items throughout the industry.


    Michael Jackson signed memorabilia and other artifacts have more then tripled in price and Forgeries are on the raise.The Internet is now bombarded with non authentic Michael Jackson signed items. Well they can only go up in value and in many cases by huge amounts. Beware as 70% of Michael Jackson autographs on eBay are forged or printed signatures. There will be loads of people out there trying to make some fast money off of Michael Jackson’s valued signature.

    Actual Michael Jackson Signatures:

    A Tribute to Michael Jackson…

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    …and those who undoubtedly inspired him:

    Origins of the Moonwalk

    Edited and posted on YouTube by AbejaMariposaJr aka CFJ (Cat from Japan).

    Dancers (in alphabetical order):
    Fred Astaire, Bill Bailey, Buck and Bubbles, Cab Calloway, Clark Brothers, Sammy Davis Jr., Daniel L. Haynes, Rubberneck Holmes, Patterson and Jackson, Eleanor Powell, Bill Robinson, Three Chefs (only the feet), Tip Tap and Toe (feat. Ray Winfield), Earl Snakehips Tucker

    Here’s another inspired mash-up edited by CFJ called Michael Jackson + West Side Story:

    And don’t miss the 1500+ inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines, inspired by Michael Jackson, performing “Thriller.”

    thanks Erin

    Singing in the Rain Remix

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    Warning: It’s a car commercial…


    Here’s the original:

    And, here are two other Gene Kelly remixes:

  • Michael Jackson & Gene Kelly – Singing in the Rain
  • Singing in the Rain (Gene Kelly & Usher)