Up for Debate: Whitney Houston dies, media reacts

Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 11:10pm

What was your reaction to the news of Whitney Houston's passing? What do you think about how the media — and social media — reacted?

Filed under: City Voices
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101 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 11:25

Nemo - You are just being too clever this AM! LOL
Keep it up, your's are much better than some of the ignored comments. Get the picture? Should be that way everyday.

By: brrrrk on 2/13/12 at 11:27

yogiman said

"A more important event in today's USA is the issue of Fox News taking Judge Andrew Napolitano off their show. A speech I saw on [you tube] the other day is very awakening. Could that be why they took him off the air?"

Gee, maybe the fact that he rarely got more than 5 figures in viewers might have had something to do with it.

By: gdiafante on 2/13/12 at 11:38

The fact that the gnat's penis thinks a Fox News Pundit losing their job is more important than the death of a human being speaks volumes.

By: brrrrk on 2/13/12 at 11:42

bfra said

"Rap is something any Tom, Dick or Harry can do. It takes no talent, any kind of voice & just muffle the words, so nobody knows what you are saying."

Anyone remember Lou Reed? C'mon folks, you're all showing your "old fogey-ness". Look, I'm not a big fan of rap or hip-hop, but then again there's a lot of rock out there that I don't get either.... it all seems so angry; so lacking in fun. Probably a sign of the times more than anything. On the other hand, I remember when Elvis and the Beatles were taboo and Pure Prairie League was considered rock. Now Elvis is a country legend, Paul McCartney is a "Sir," and Pure Prairie League so country that even country stations won't play them. :-)

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 11:50

brrrrk - I am judging by what I hear blaring & bouncing cars in traffic. Rap is not played in my house, ever. The forbidden "N" word is about the only understandable word and it is repeated over & over with a lot of #%$## inbetween.

By: yogiman on 2/13/12 at 11:52

brrrrk,

Maybe you should try maturing a little bit before they fill the slop jar up with this nation. I can only think of your education as being your major factor in your thoughts on the issue. And when I state education being your factor, I mean the way you was educated.

You should look into people like Judge Andrew Napolitano and Brigette Garbiel. Listen to what they're saying and look into it hook line and sinker.

And if you don't see the denigration taking place taking place in this nation, you can only be in the middle of it through your education.

I hope you don't have any grandchildren if this isn't stopped.

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 11:58

brrrrk - See what you get when you break the chain of ignoring the troll! Of course anything said about you by it, should be ignored , as it doesn't have the brains of a pissant.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/13/12 at 12:02

I am not a fan of Rap music, but that does not give me the authority to criticize the music or the fan base. But bfra I do not let it in my house or car, a big disagreement between me and my teenage daughter.

By: yogiman on 2/13/12 at 12:02

gdifante,

It is regrettable the young woman died at an early age. But she is dead and gone. The USA is still here and trying to live a good life, or are you so willing for her to die at an early age also?

It seems it depends on the topic as to what you want to post about. It's funny how this site often has maybe one post about the subject then its "Katie bar the door" as to what you want to throw in the pot.

Who is designated to make that choice as to what others can write about?

By: brrrrk on 2/13/12 at 12:04

yogiman said

"Maybe you should try maturing a little bit before they fill the slop jar up with this nation."

Yeah, like I'm going to take criticisms regarding my taste in music from someone whose favorite artist growing up was probably Ish Kabibble.....

By: Captain Nemo on 2/13/12 at 12:07

For yogi-
Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. ~Chili Davis

By: gdiafante on 2/13/12 at 12:08

It's called respect, yogi. Not that I would expect you to understand that term, as you have clearly not given or received it during your life.

The latter is completely deserved.

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 12:09

Nemo - Music is always a personal opinion, however, I do not consider rap as music. I have seen videos of 3 yr. olds that do as good as some that call themselves "artist". Never a 3 yr old that can imitate, anywhere close voice of say, Johnny Cash or Elvis.

By: brrrrk on 2/13/12 at 12:12

yogiman said

"It seems it depends on the topic as to what you want to post about. It's funny how this site often has maybe one post about the subject then its 'Katie bar the door' as to what you want to throw in the pot."

"Katie bar the door"? Now I know why yogi seems to have his finger on the pulse of the new generation. That's right up there with "Yowza, yowza, yowza".

By: gdiafante on 2/13/12 at 12:13

The country music industry shunned Elvis in the beginning, then happily embraced him when they realized what a cash cow his tourism/fans would bring. Mission accomplished. Unfortunately, he's more known with the trailer trash crowd as the fat guy in the funny white jumpsuit than as a true innovator, interpreter and performer.

And, that's a shame.

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 12:20

"Yowza, yowza, yowza". Great rebuttal!

By: Captain Nemo on 2/13/12 at 12:22

bfra-

I think Rap is an art form, but I don’t understand it. I can’t rap or sing.

6 yr old singer.

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/647208/amazing_six_year_old_singer/

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 12:23

gdiafante - But, IMO, Elvis had a voice that no one in this day & time can match.

By: dargent7 on 2/13/12 at 12:27

Two things, well, maybe three:
No way is Queen better than the Rolling Stones. Elton John was pushing it, but the Stones are better than him, too.
And Madonna? I can see Led Zepplin (who hasn't had sex during the whole album, II, not even bothering to get up to flip the record?).
Suprised The Who wasn't up there.
What's next? "Weird Al Yankovick" knocks off The Stones?

By: gdiafante on 2/13/12 at 12:29

He sure didn't need autotune...or a wall of computerized effects to mask it.

By: dargent7 on 2/13/12 at 12:31

"Pure Prarrie League's , "Amie" was as good as the Eagles, "Hotel California".
Suprised the Eagles didn't beat Queen.

By: yogiman on 2/13/12 at 12:34

Maybe y'all will join me some day, Captain Nemo when all of you optionate mandatorily.

By: brrrrk on 2/13/12 at 12:39

Uh oh. I think Glen Campbell has company.....

By: Captain Nemo on 2/13/12 at 12:39

In your case yogi old age came, but not the wisedom.

Enough time wasted on nothing.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/13/12 at 12:44

I saw Campbell last night. He still can sing, however I thouhgt he alzheimer.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/13/12 at 12:56

In a cosmetic twist Tiny Tim sells more than Rolling Stones. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skU-jBFzXl0

By: Captain Nemo on 2/13/12 at 1:08

By: yogiman on 2/13/12 at 11:34

Maybe y'all will join me some day, Captain Nemo when all of you optionate mandatorily.

I know that you are older than me and had a different education than I but what is (opionate mandtorily?) I think they would have corrected your spelling in collage.

By: dargent7 on 2/13/12 at 1:23

Wisedom?
Collage? I think that big st of buildings I went to in Ann Arbor was a, "college".
You guys are making me question my Sean Sanity.

By: gdiafante on 2/13/12 at 1:48

I've always considered the Eagles as country. I've never even contemplated PPL because it's too obvious. Between 70's lite rock (country) and disco, there's not much from that decade worth a damn, other than some Queen, Rush and pre-Physical Graffitti Zeppelin.

Thank god for NWOBHM to revive arena rock.

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 1:54

How can you consider the Eagles country? They are a rock band.

By: gdiafante on 2/13/12 at 1:59

Take it Easy, Desparado, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Already Gone, Lying Eyes...all of these are nothing but pure country. You can argue that with Hotel California and adding Joe Walsh gave them a harder edge, but it's still sounds like country to me.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/13/12 at 1:59

Country Rock, the Eagles are good.

Now I know I am going to get hate mail for this, but Springsteen and the E Street band is really a great band. lol

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 2:03

The Boss is AOK!

By: Loner on 2/13/12 at 2:05

Pink Floyd has to be in there somewhere...to me they were among the very best in Rock....their music has stood the test of time, IMO....but they were never "mainstream pop"...so their total record sales are probably way down on the list.

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 2:08

gdiafante - I randomly picked Already Gone & listened to the video. I can see nothing Country there, except maybe the words, definitely not the music.

By: gdiafante on 2/13/12 at 2:11

The music, the harmonies, all of it. Country.

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 2:17

Metal!

By: Captain Nemo on 2/13/12 at 2:36

bfra-
I heard on the radio the other day that there will be two saxophonists replacing Clare Clemons.

Loner-
Pink Floyd is great; I have a collection of their music. As much as I love Van Morrison, I have yet to own any of his CD's

By: Ask01 on 2/13/12 at 2:43

This is just one man's opinion, but from my perspective, country music has borrowed from and contributed to every genre. Even rock and roll.

Consider how many artists have recorded songs written or made famous by my personal favorite, and still considered best ever country artist, Hank Williams Sr. (A little factoid; Hank Sr was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.)

By: brrrrk on 2/13/12 at 3:04

gdiafante said

"Take it Easy, Desparado, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Already Gone, Lying Eyes...all of these are nothing but pure country. You can argue that with Hotel California and adding Joe Walsh gave them a harder edge, but it's still sounds like country to me."

In the context of the time (let's remember, the first Eagles album came out in '72'), they were clearly in the rock category. They wouldn't have gotten close to the Grand Ol' Opry stage. Anyone remember the hubbub that was created when the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band dared to try to cross the line into "country". You would have thought the world was coming to an end.

By: brrrrk on 2/13/12 at 3:16

Here's a list of the number-one country singles for '72'........ frankly, I don't see Witchy Woman fitting in with that group. :-)

By: pswindle on 2/13/12 at 3:24

It is a shame that she did not work on saving herself. She had a wonderful talent. It seems that a lot of our best had a serious drug problem that they come or would not overcome.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/13/12 at 3:31

Houston said that she was her own worst enemy. May she rest in peace now and I will remember her for her wonderful voice like most of us will.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/13/12 at 3:31

lol brrrrk

By: dargent7 on 2/13/12 at 3:55

What's next? Ted Nugent's "Country Album"?
The Eagles were a "cross-over", but had some hard driving guitars like on "Hotel California", "Already Gone", and "Life in the Fast Lane".
IMO, "Country" is all about life's simple petty bullshit: bluejeans, drinkin' beer, fightin', cheatin' cowgirls, long lines at Walmart. The guitars are all rhythmn.
Look at The Beach Boys who all talked about surfin' and CA girls. Simple guitars and harmonies. Jimmy Buffet had simple songs and a "six-string".
Rock talked about the same stuff, but not with a simple narrative, more HARD driving the relationships into the ground..
"Heartbreaker" from Led Zep. "Stairway to Heaven" was a poem. The guitar riffs turn the lyrics into a "rocker".
Then you take it an octave higher to AC/DC and Metallica....just shout it out. The guitars drown out the lyrics.

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 4:08

From 1 of my favorite's web site -
If anyone ever needed proof that music is an international language, then they need to look no further than Don Williams.

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 4:20

Then you take it an octave higher to AC/DC and Metallica....just shout it out. The guitars drown out the lyrics.
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That is where it ceases to be "musicC!

By: brrrrk on 2/13/12 at 4:21

bfra said

"From 1 of my favorite's web site -
If anyone ever needed proof that music is an international language, then they need to look no further than Don Williams."

Have you ever seen the documentary about Don Williams playing in Africa? It's amazing how popular he is there.... gotta love that Tulsa sound!

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 4:24

brrrrk - Don't think I have seen that one, but watched a 2 hr show of him and he has got to be one of the smoothest singers I ever watched. No strain, he just lets the words roll out. I'll try to find the African documentary.

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 4:26

Whitney Houston should be remembered as one of the great entertainers of our time. Remember the good about her life!