In the latest edition of Isthmus, Dean Robbins states Michael Jackson is overrated. In terms of his music I have to agree. Oh, back in the day I listened to my fair share of his music. It was fun and he sold a ton of albums. IMHO, where Michael Jackson made himself exceptional was in the new style of music video. He created "Thriller" which was a mini-movie with great choreography. Most of the other MTV music videos at the time featured boring scenes of the band playing somewhere--live or in a studio. Right around that time many other artists started producing more creative music videos (or hired artists to make them) and really came out with interesting stuff. Jackson was not the first to do this, but he certainly was on the cutting edge. In fact, MTV would heavily advertise the first showing whenever a new Michael Jackson video would come out.
For the most part, I have avoided all the MJ stuff in the news. It's amazing that celebrities who would have nothing to do with him one week before his death are suddenly MJ experts, huge fans, or best pals. He was good at selling albums but his personal life apparently was a mess.