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Screening Michael Jackson's Face: Reading Martin Bashir's Living with Michael Jackson

Southern Review: Communication, Politics & Culture
Volume 37 Issue 1 (2004)

Abstract: The screening of Martin Bashir's Living with Michael Jackson on Australian television elicited a phenomenal amount of interest in the news media, at water coolers and on the Internet. Much of the response in the Australian print media was critical of Bashir's representation of Jackson, as well as denouncing Jackson as sad victim, warped predator and allround freakshow. This article considers these interpretations to argue that the production and consumption of 'wacko Jacko' is underpinned by the increasing instability of the natural in an age of information technologies, as well as the collapse of boundaries between documentary and fictional entertainment forms.

To cite this article: Toffoletti, Kim. Screening Michael Jackson's Face: Reading Martin Bashir's Living with Michael Jackson [online]. Southern Review: Communication, Politics & Culture, Vol. 37, No. 1, 2004: 49-61. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=848587869978583;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 0038-4526. [cited 01 Jul 16].

Personal Author: Toffoletti, Kim; Source: Southern Review: Communication, Politics & Culture, Vol. 37, No. 1, 2004: 49-61 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0038-4526 Subject: Criticism; Mass media; Press; Television programs; Interviews; Identifier: Jackson, Michael; Bashir, Martin; Living with Michael Jackson (documentary) Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Honorary Research Associate, School of Literary, Visual and Performance Studies, Monash University, email: Kim.Toffoletti@arts.monash.edu.au

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection