Michael Jackson changed pop music forever - his knockout "Thriller" wowed crowds and sold records at a record pace. Despite his fall from grace, he was a musician ahead of his time, combining showmanship and lyrics for a dynamic entertainment event.
It's probably no surprise that at his death a new cultural phenomenon vaulted into mainstream consciousness: the social networking site Twitter. Twitter is for the super-addicted, information-aholic who loves to be the first to know and the first to tell. Twitter is like the rhyming word fritter - those deep-fried pastry treats that are often tempting, taste great, fill the stomach but have little if any nutritional value. Twitter is fast and first and has a place, but is no replacement for balanced, thoughtful, elegant prose. Stomachs filled with fritters have no room for vegetables, and lives filled with Twitter may have no time for substance.