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Video: Michael Jackson’s Hair Catches Fire in 1984 Pepsi Commercial

This is the never-before-seen video from the January 27, 1984 Pepsi Commercial where Michael Jackson’s hair caught on fire. This footage was released today, and I’m pretty sure it’s the first time anyone has seen the video footage of the horrific pyrotechnics accident that caused second and third degree burns on Michael Jackson’s head and scalp.

Sources close to Jackson have claimed he was never the same after the 1984 accident.

One said: “His personality totally changed after that incident as drugs began to influence his life.

“He was 25 and full of life before then but after that everything changed. (TheSun.co.uk)

Michael Jackson's Hair Caught Fire During the Filming of a 1984 Pepsi Commercial
Michael Jackson's Hair Caught Fire During the Filming of a 1984 Pepsi Commercial

Apparently this was the event that also led to Michael’s use of painkillers. Of course, after reading many of the news stories from the past few weeks, we all know that painkillers became an addiction for Michael. And that’s a shame. I wonder how the last 25 years would have gone for him if this accident had never happened.

The mystery surrounding Michael’s life, death and use of prescription drugs grows by the day. Here is a link to some exclusive pictures of Michael’s legs in 2002: ABC News. In these photos, you can see a terrible wound on Michael’s lower leg as well as multiple puncture points from IV needles. Jeez. This man had it rough. I’m glad he is in a better place and no longer in pain.

Aldous Huxley vs. George Orwell

I saw this the other day, and I thought it was very insightful (maybe even inciteful). There’s plenty more posts you can find here, but I wanted to draw your attention to the comparison between Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, and George Orwell, author of Nineteen Eighty-Four. The title of this animated lesson is Amusing Ourselves to Death, and it was created by Stuart McMillen, May 2009. Here is the content from the picture linked above:

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books.
What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who would want to read one.

Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information.
Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism.

Orwell feared the truth would be concealed from us.
Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.

Orwell feared we would become a captive culture.
Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy and the centrifugal bumblepuppy.

As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited the Civil Libertarians and Rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.”

In Nineteen Eighty-Four, people are controlled by inflicting pain.
In Brave New World, people are controlled by inflicting pleasure.

In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us.
Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.

[Note: All words from “Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business” by Neil Postman…A book about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right.]

How about that? I’m not sure if any of this is really what Huxley or Orwell believed or feared, but it sure makes me wonder about our generation – all the information we have at our fingertips, how we are controlled by pleasure, how we are focused on the most irrelevant things, etc…

Just the other day I was wondering about whether or not the internet and all of these cool tech gadgets have made a positive impact on our society as a whole. After arguing with myself for a while, I really think there is a strong debate on both sides. But in the end, I believe many of the advancements in technology have really just created a pervasive loneliness for millions of Americans. Personally, I have enjoyed many high-tech gadjets. I really liked video games when I was a kid. And I freaking loved my Sony Walkman. And I thought my Gateway2000 computer was so cool in 1998. I think if the internet had never come along, I’d be perfectly content with my family, a Sony Walkman and a fishing pole. Family, Music, Outdoors. Those are my favorite things. I dunno. Just something to think about.