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I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

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  • My views might very well have changed in the 12 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
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  • Factual information might be outdated.
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Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

I can hardly believe I’m writing this, but Christine Hamilton has a very interesting piece in today’s Sindie, about celebrities in major trials, and how the outcome has little bearing on people’s perception of them. She cites people who’ve been found not guilty and yet are still considered ‘disgraced’ anyway (eg John Leslie), and people who’ve been found guilty and yet it hasn’t really done them any damage at all (Hugh Grant).

So the question is, will Michael Jackson be able to rebuild his career? I suspect he probably will to some extent, since he has a very dedicated fan base, but he’ll never be as big as he was before the trial. He’d been moving on a downward slope anyway, and he’ll just continue down it. But he’ll earn enough to live more than comfortably.

This 632nd post was filed under: News and Comment.

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