Did Michael Jackson's Death Save His Reputation?

The death of a major cultural figure is always a time for taking stock. This is true, in part, because an entire generation, now aging, helped to create its self-image in the reflection of that figure -- and, thus, that individual represents a powerful source of nostalgia. At the same time, subsequent generations, who may have never seen that figure in his or her prime, still recognize him or her as emblematic of an era now gone, but perhaps better than the present. So it is with Michael...Full Story
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