Thus I welcomed the chance to preview Michael Jackson Visionary—a new box set of Jackson's music videos. Visionary provides an excellent opportunity to analyze more than a quarter-century of Jacko on film. Through the course of these 20 clips, we can chart the evolution of Jackson's public persona. (And skin tone.) We can track the waning of his popularity. (And septum.) Jackson's growing isolation, his unchecked mania, his alleged pedophilia: all there in the videos, if you look closely enough.
Click here to see a close reading of Michael Jackson's greatest videos.