The One Lesson Miley Cyrus Can Teach Us

Posted on August 31, 2013

Miley Cyrus

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard all about the scantily-clad antics of former Disney starlet Miley Cyrus.

The singer-slash-actress took to the stage at the recent MTV Video Music Awards and gyrated along to her newest hit single – officially squashing any doubts that she’s ditched her squeaky clean image.

Not surprisingly, the media (and concerned parents alike) have spent the past week lambasting the star for her behaviour and its possible effects on impressionable prepubescents. But dirty dancing aside, the more disappointing aspect is how utterly unoriginal it was.

TIME contributor Susan Gregory Thomas referred to Cyrus’ “big reveal” as predictable and boring, another case of falling in with the pack and doing what everyone else is doing.

Because really, how original is the whole Good Girl Gone Bad? We’ve seen how it played out for Britney Spears, Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan, former child stars whose innocent appeal served as their meal ticket until 18 rolled around and it became a matter of how quickly they could disrobe.

Whatever happened to complexity, subtlety, a healthy medium?

Don’t feel like you have to pick a personality online. Just as Miley doesn’t have to choose between naughty or nice, you don’t have to decide between being the hot shot blogger or the ever-humble pushover.

If you haven’t realized it yet, your readers are three dimensional people. And no one is ever just this or that. Your blog should give readers a sense of who you really are, not some prepacked image you think they’re after.

And sure, this could include scathing reviews and sarcastic insights, but it could also incorporate reflective thoughts and positive feedback.

There’s nothing wrong with being provocative if you want to make a well-thought-out statement. However, being outrageous for the sake of being outrageous is neither remotely new or original.

Learn from Miley, not only will you draw the ire of critics, but you risk alienating your very own demographic.

photo credit: Angela George via Wikimedia Commons


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