August 27, 2009
Posted: 11:41 AM ET
Most Gen Y’rs probably remember their parents (or grandparents) talking about the wonder that was Elvis Presley. Even as a kid I remember hearing things on the radio or seeing things on TV about Elvis sightings. All the hype since Michael Jackson’s death makes me wonder, will he become the Elvis of our generation–in that we never let him die?
Sure, Elvis was “The King” of rock ‘n’ roll and Michael was deemed the King of Pop. But, does this mean we are doomed to years and years of supposed Michael sightings? Are our children going to grow up knowing a little too much about a singing sensation whom did not produce a new song during their lifetime?
Are they going to know the details of their pretty unglamorous deaths, in what appears to be overdoses of some sort of drug in both cases? (Although at least Michael died in a bed, Elvis was in a slightly more compromising place—the restroom.) Will our children not only know and understand all the connotations and awe behind the word “Graceland” or Memphis, but also be fully equipped to launch into a detailed soliloquy about the imminent Michael shrine sure to attract millions each year?
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