The SunMichael Jackson's death has had an enormous impact on many of us--much bigger than we even anticipated. We've heard his music being pumped out of car radios, we've seen his videos and interviews on TV, and his face is on the front page of every news publication. But how did most of us hear of his death? The Internet. While big news companies like CNN stated he was hospitalized and in a coma, gossip site TMZ put the world in a frenzy by posting that the pop singer had in fact died. Paparazzi invaded the hospital and the Jackson family's personal space, even photographing the 911 paramedic's monitor (photo at left). Twitter-trending topics were overtaken by various incarnations of Jackson's name and people speculated wildly via Facebook updates. Is this where we now get our reliable news from? Tabloid sites and Twitter?
Gawker's site, Valleywag, kept tabs of the impressive impact the news about Jackson's death had on the internet yesterday:
- Leading news websites saw traffic surge to 4.2