Michael Jackson’s obituary was a curious selection for sample reading. When imagining genres and styles, the newspaper-directed eulogy is not really something I would consider. As a genre, the obituary tends to do well at providing a short synopsis of a person’s achievements as well as reminding us what we all lost when the person passed away. I can’t help but think of a meditation that begins with “No man is an island”.
As for how successful the writing was, I’d call it a mixed bag. I feel like the author has a small degree of spite toward the King of Pop. Typically obituaries are written for the family and friends of the deceased but I get the distinct feeling that this piece was written partially so that we could have one last chuckle at the guy.
As for possible alternate genres for my research proposal, When I joked that one might call the Tweet a genre, I really had no intention of seriously advancing down that road until I realized how effective clickbait is in our current era. I think I would like to use a clickbait tweet as one of my 2 genres, that would lead to an obituary for the first legally recognized Artificial Intelligence to be granted person-hood.
Some challenges I could imagine include writing a sufficiently catchy headline (I have some experience with Youtube but the formatting is slightly different). After that, telling a good story about the fight for person-hood might be a significant hurdle.