In the 21st century, the ability to discuss current events, social, cultural and political issues that are occurring in our society is literally at our fingertips. The internet, and more specifically social media platforms allow us to freely voice our opinions and engage in discussions with people from all over the world which makes it easy to bring a variety of perspectives to light. But what is the feeding point of the mediated public sphere?
Controversy. What’s the one thing on everyones lips? That one name? That one event?
Two words: Miley Cyrus
Unless you have been living under a rock (sorry patrick star) you would of seen this name coming after seeing the title. The whole world (well most of it anyway) collectively gasped when Miley released her music video for “Wrecking Ball”. Although we got a small preview of her new and improved (debatable) style in her song “We cant stop”, the wrecking ball video was a whole new level. The world seems to be split in opinions over her new persona, but we all had one thing in common- we were shocked. Which does not worry her in the slightest as she really takes the classic saying “any publicity is good publicity” literally in her new escapade to ‘reshape’ her image. Miley came out in a radio interview saying thank you to her “haters” because whether they liked the video or not, by watching it they helped her break the Vevo record for fastest song to reach 100 million views, which was previously held by her “We can’t stop video”.
The mediated public sphere has been in hyperdrive discussing Miley’s behaviour since the release of her album, with the whole world scrutinising her every move. Many people argue that she is only being discriminated against simply because she was a disney child star (Lady Gaga has appeared in video clips just as naked as Miley, yet she is hardly getting as scrutinised). Miley states that her “Hannah Montana” persona was simply that- a persona. It was never a true representation of who she was.
In an interview she makes it clear that she never accepted the responsibility of being a role model and that it is not her job, which is a valid point. But the thing is, when she took on the role of Hannah Montana she may of become a role model whether she like it or not, and is it under her moral obligation to set a respectable example for the younger generation? Is she setting a standard for the oversexualisation of children? Or is she just a grown up lady wanting to separate herself from her past and be recognised for the artist she is now?
Oh and we can’t forget the phenomenon of putting Nicolas Cage’s face on Miley’s Body. Enjoy.