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Prof. Jeff McCall '76 on the "Bizarre Spectacle" of Michael Jackson in Dallas Morning News

November 20, 2003

November 20, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - "'It's an interesting parallel: As his power as a performer has dwindled, his association with bizarre spectacle has increased,' says Jeffrey McCall, a communications professor at DePauw University in Indiana," writes Tom Maurstad in today's Dallas Morning News in a column titled, "Once an icon, now an outcast." Maurstad continues, "Now, for a new generation of media consumers, the only direct experience with Michael Jackson is his persona as a tabloid-scandal celebrity. The music and memories of Michael Jackson the electrifying performer are something they've only heard or read about."

Dr. McCall, a 1976 graduate of DePauw, tells the newspaper, "For kids today, the only Michael Jackson they know is the weird guy who has had a lot of plastic surgery and thinks he's Peter Pan. That leaves his older fans, and they are divided between those who still love him and those who are now repulsed by him."

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Source: Dallas Morning News