Thursday, February 23, 2012
RECOMMENDED BOOK: Remembering Whitney
This is why people rubberneck at car accidents. They don’t really want to see an injury or death, but they look anyway. This public fascination with death is why we Michael Jackson’s death photos can be found on the internet, why there was a public broadcasting of the dead bodies of Saddam Hussein’s adult children, why the documentaries The Faces of Death were so popular, why horror movies are popular, and why there was a clamoring for the release of Osama bin Laden’s death photos, the latter of which the U.S. government did not release.
But back to Whitney Houston and the National Enquirer. This was all so predictable. It is well known in psychology that past behavior is a great predictor of future behavior. In 1977, the National Enquirer posted a death photo of another famous singer, Elvis Presley. As you can see from the photo below, even the same exact catch phrase (“The Last Photo”) was used on the cover:
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