RU Sirius, the coordinating intelligence behind the excellent journal h+, has offered up the most truly original interpretation of Michael Jackson's importance:
Michael Jackson is obviously not an example of transhumanism to be followed. But he is a signpost on the road to post-humanity. I believe the future will study him from that perspective, and in some odd way, it will learn from his many mistakes.
In a tightly argued piece, Sirius manages to make sense of virtually every aspect of Jackson, from the constant physical changes to his Peter Pan syndrome. And he does it with humor, irony, and heart. And, not surprisingly for a guy whose latest book is subtitled Rock Stars on Drugs, with an in-depth understanding of pop music big and small.