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Friday, 10 June 2016

Miley Cyrus Demonstrates the Power of Context

Context: The general that lends meaning to the specific.

Yesterday, USA Today featured an article on Miley Cyrus.

According to the article, which discusses her upcoming promotional documentary, Miley Cyrus has no regrets about the way she’s behaving because her real goal is to make history.

You want to make history. … Everything’s about what’s going to be the big moment in pop culture.
Anytime you approach something single-mindedly and resolutely, there will be fall out.

In this case, Miley’s #1 context is to ‘make history’ and ‘be famous’.  That context dictates what she says, what she does, what she considers, and how she behaves. The fallout is that Miley Cyrus’ behavior is so outrageous and not respected that she is losing her moral authority as an artist (if she ever had it).

Her context means you can expect anything from her, as long as it’s so outrageous that she makes history. Our behavior has to fit our context. It doesn’t matter what people say or think, as long as Miley Cyrus is the one in the spotlight.


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