Miley Cyrus Makes Moves in the Modern World
Miley Cyrus now dominates the digital realms, having millions of followers on sites like Twitter and Instagram, making headlines worldwide, and breaking several records in the process. Out-stuck tongues and dancing teddy bears have come to define her resurgence of fame. Recently, her music video for "Wrecking Ball" broke the record for most views in a day at 12.3 million in just 24 hours and, later, shortest time to reach 100 million views (6 days).
Unfortunately for Ms. Cyrus, much of this attention is very negative. Detractors of her new image point to the immorality of "We Can't Stop", and its raunchy performance at the VMA's. Emilia Holl adds, "if she wants to come across as an adult, there are better ways to do it." Moreover, the record-breaking videos for "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball" racked up many of their views from "haters," as Miley puts it herself. So, if she's receiving so much negative feedback, why does she continue doing such provocative things?
It's the same reason that so many of us constantly tweet, Instagram, and update our Facebook statuses. As humans we crave approval and recognition. Mr. Stanley posits that "checking your phone releases the same dopamine and endorphins," that doing drugs releases, a feeling that can become literally addictive. And celebrities aren't the only ones who do almost anything for a little bit of Internet fame. Perhaps Miley Cyrus is simply taking advantage of her large stage.
In spite of the critiques of her authenticity and taste, many defend the young songstress, claiming she doesn't have to live up to any particular expectation. Callie Welsh '14 suggests that if we hadn't known her as Miley Stewart in Hannah Montana, we wouldn't hold her to this high of a standard." Kyra Wong ’17 also comments that with Miley’s private life so publicized, especially the recently-ended engagement with Liam Hemsworth, "she has reason to be emotionally unstable."
From her racy videos, to her controversial TV performances, Miley has made it very clear that she is leaving behind her Disney roots. It’s hard to believe that her transformation from brown-haired sweetheart to punk blonde rebel was only a little over a year ago. However, in our modern world, these sorts of behavior aren't exactly surprising. With her expansive platform and freedom to do as she pleases, Miley's roller coaster doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon. Like it or not, Miley Cyrus is manipulating modern media in her favor.
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