New book analyzes media criticism of Michael Jackson

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Susan Woodward examines Jackson’s cultural impact in ‘Otherness and Power: Michael Jackson and His Media Critics’

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Author Susan Woodward analyzes underlying factors that have contributed to the media hostility toward Michael Jackson, both before and after his death, in her new book, “Otherness and Power: Michael Jackson and His Media Critics” (published by Lulu).

Woodward examines the origins and psychological underpinnings of the media's hostility by closely analyzing some of the most harshly critical writings about Jackson and taking a paradoxical look at his greatness and cultural impact. She reveals a perception that Jackson was extraordinarily powerful, in ways that went beyond celebrity and wealth, which she says contributed to the media’s criticisms.

Through research and careful analysis, Woodward explores the ways in which Jackson's power was seen, the largely unconscious response to his power, the functions of the media criticisms and the origins of the perceptions of Jackson's power.

An excerpt from “Otherness and Power: Michael Jackson and His Media Critics”:

“The more interesting story of Jackson is how he could conceive of the goal of appearing to be ‘magic,’ manage to give the impression of near-divinity, and the wonderful and terrible consequences of doing so. Michael Jackson was not a supernatural being or a monster; he was a fascinating, complicated person who generated an intense, complex public response. One day we may be able to move past the polarized, unrealistic views of Jackson and come to understand more about the human being.”

“Otherness and Power: Michael Jackson and His Media Critics”
By Susan Woodward
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 96 pages | ISBN 9780578138022
E-Book | 96 pages | ISBN 9780578138176
Available in Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Susan Woodward is a psychoanalytically trained clinical social worker who lives in New York City.

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