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Posted By: Azizi
27-Jun-09 - 02:12 PM
Thread Name: Michael Jackson's Impact On Music Videos
Subject: RE: Michael Jackson's Impact On Music Videos
Hello, Lizzie. Thanks for your comment.

Here's another blogger who writes about Michael Jackson's profound influence on the production of music videos:

"Everyone will remember Michael Jackson for something - his great music, his style - whether it be funky or different, and of course his dancing. But as many know, who followed him over the years, he also had a taste for technology. His videos were some of the first to feature special effects like in Black or White, where people's faces morphed into others, or other videos where animals became people… I know I never saw anything like that before the first time I watched it. It was cutting edge back then. And as much as Billie Jean was an awesome song, the tiles that lit up as he walked amazed me even more than the music itself. Michael was using green screens and all sorts of advanced video production before it was ever the norm. Even his concerts had special effects, including pyrotechnics (remember the Pepsi incident). In his prime he was always one step ahead of the curve and trends of the time. Michael will always be remembered as the King of Pop, an inspiration to the talented dancers, singers, and all around artists. But to me he will be remembered for making a little girl say "How did he make the tiles light up!?" And try as I might with my Michael Jackson doll - I could never make my parents floor do the same thing - no matter how loud I played Billie Jean. Rest in peace Michael - I hope you have finally found Peter Pan."

Michael Jackson Influenced Technology, Not Just Music
By Ali
June 26, 2009 at 3:13 am


Here's one of the reader's comments to that post:

"Walking Tutor - Excercising Aid for Physically Disabled Children - Now you are probably wondering what this has to do with Michael Jackson… if you look closely at the image you will see where I'm going with this. Karthik Kulkarni won the IEEE Distinguished Student Humanitarian Prize for creating a device to stimulate disabled kids, when they walk on the floor it would light up - encouraging them to keep on walking. Designed to be like an interactive game - Not only is Karthik (in my eyes) inspired by Billie Jean, he is also helping children. Now that truly would have made the King of Pop proud."