Death of Michael Jackson

Jackson Joins yet another Hall of Fame

Michael Jackson Now One of Top Stories of 21st Century

Mainstream Media Ranking No.9; For the Internet No. 2 (to Obama’s Election)

Austin, TX June 29, 2009 (MetaNewswire) – The death of Michael Jackson, the entertainment icon, is now one of the top stories of the 21st century, according to a analysis released by the Global Language Monitor ( In the 72 hours after his death, Jackson jumped to the No. 9 spot for the global print and electronic media. For Internet, blogs and social media, Jackson jumped to the No.2, only trailing the election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States. The results showed the growing disparity between the mainstream global media, and what is playing out for news on the Internet, and beyond.

The citations for Michael Jackson in the Mainstream Media numbered in the thousands; his citations on the Internet, and beyond numbered in the millions. The analysis tracked news stories within the first seventy-two hours after the event. The events include in descending order of Internet citations include:  The Obama election, the death of Michael Jackson, the Iraq War, the Beijing Olympics, the Financial Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Pope John Paul II, the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks and the Asian Tsunami.

Citations for the election of Barack Obama are five times greater than that of No. 2, Michael Jackson. In turn, the death of Michael Jackson is cited more than double than those for the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003.

“The death of Michael Jackson has resulted in a global media event of the first order” said Paul JJ Payack, president and chief word analyst of GLM.  “The fact that he has broken into the top mediaof the 21st century is a testament to the global impact of the man and his music.”

Mainstream Global Media Internet, Blogs & Social Media
Rank Story Year Rank Story Year
1 Obama 2008 1 Obama 2008
2 Hurricane Katrina 2005 2 Michael Jackson 2009
3 Financial Tsunami 2008 3 Iraq War 2003
4 Iraq War 2003 4 Beijing Olympics 2008
5 9/11 Terrorist Attacks 2001 5 Financial Tsunami 2008
6 Beijing Olympics 2008 6 Hurricane Katrina 2005
7 Pope John Paul II 2005 7 Pope John Paul II 2005
8 S. Asian Tsunami 2005 8 9/11 Terrorist Attacks 2001
9 Michael Jackson 2009 9 S. Asian Tsunami 2005

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