Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Psychoanalysis/Deconstruction - Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror"

While it may be an insane longshot, I consider this Michael Jackson's call for action in world affairs. It seems plausible given the juxtaposed images of nuclear explosions, Robert Kennedy, and starving children in Africa. Though I do not completely understand Jackson's stake in things, it could be perceived that his idea of self, the man in the mirror, could be meant to represent America at large and, as aforementioned, could be a plea for them to take action in helping others. This is, then, a very positive, feel-good kind of change as mentioned in the song. The leaders pictured (Ghandi, Mother Theresa, The Kennedy Brothers, Martin Luther King, Jimmy Carter, etc.) would certainly all of them encourage positive involvement geared toward positive change, as all of them lived their lives to this end, with all but two of them dying in this pursuit.

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