Michael Jackson is not the most famous person in the world. Well, he may be right now, but he wasn't a week ago. The most famous person in the world is always the most famous person right now.
This is because people in remote areas that are just now catching up with modern technology (mainly tv) aren't also catching up on what was on tv when it was invented. It's not like the advent of television repeats itself, and communities just now getting electricity and tv are also just now getting I Love Lucy. They're seeing what we're seeing.
When I was in Ethiopia, the closest village to our camp was an hour away, and they were so excited about the electric generator they had just gotten a year ago. Only months after the generator, the big man about town had a satellite tv in his cement hut. The kids watched MTV, and saw what we saw. They didn't know Michael Jackson or the Beatles, because MJ and the Beatles were not on MTV. Ya know who the most famous person in that village was, and therefore perhaps all over the world? Kanye West.
True terror lies in the futility of human existence.
Malcolm Reynolds is my co-pilot.
"The only freedom deserving the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental and spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest." - John Stuart Mill