Thursday, August 29, 2013

Seriously: Is Miley Cyrus Newsworthy?

So, Miley Cyrus performed at MTV's Video Music Awards and then the Internet went wild. During her performance, there were more than 300,000 tweets per minute about her. In total, there were more than 4.5 million mentions of her on twitter (and counting).

Ever since the show was aired, people have been opining about her actions on websites, on television, on the radio, in newspapers and everywhere else.

Because there was such a strong reaction, does that make the situation newsworthy? Is there a legitimate news story about her performance?

Or are the media capitalizing on the public reaction and exploiting it to boost their readership/viewership?

30 comments:

Chris Sanchez said...

I don't believe her performance was newsworthy at all. To start with, her on stage act wasn't that much more bizarre than the video for that song. The video was pretty damn crazy just like her VMA revue.

Finally, I personally believe that Miley Cyrus is doing absolutely crazy stuff simply because she can. I think she's like "whatever y'all, I'm Hannah fuckin Montana! I had my own Disney Show!I can do whatever the fuck I want and y'all are going to watch me do whatever I want... I'm PAID!"

Ashlee Mericle said...

I don't think Miley is newsworthy. Not going to lie, I am a HUGE Miley fan. I loved her performance because I loved her music video. They were very similar. The media capitalizes on celebrities' actions and lives that the public is interested in. The only reason everyone is freaking out about Miley's performance is because she started in Disney. The media believes that people that start on Disney are supposed to be these innocent, calm, little kids. As a child, Miley mad millions and millions of dollars. What else would you expect? She has all the money she needs. Therefore what does she care?

Personally. I loved every second of her performance. She was having fun & being her crazy self. I love that fact that she's badass and is being different then everyone wants her to be. She's just being herself and people should let her live!

For real though- Listen to the lyrics of the song... it's about drugs and partying. What did they expect her performance to be?

Tom Beck said...

Merriam-Webster defines 'news' as "a report of recent events". The Miley Cyrus performance was a recent event at a major awards show. Therefore, I think its news. Or at least the dictionary does.

Whether I'm interested in the performance is a completely different story. I still have yet to watch the video of it, and probably won't, because I really don't care. I'm not a fan of Miley or her music. Or any pop music for that matter. However, just because it doesn't interest me doesn't mean it isn't news.

Erica Adeleye said...

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In my opinion Miley Cyrus is considered breaking news to a certain extent. Yes, she was a disney channel actress that had clothes, dolls, wigs, CD's and movies based on her role as Hannah Montana. However, she also chose to seperate her role ( Hannah Montana) from who she really was, Miley Cyrus.


This is no different than Brittany Spears shaving off her hair or Jamie-lynn spears (actress of zoey 101) getting pregnant. Its the typical cliche "where are they now" child- star celebrity story, and that is what makes this breaking news. However, I was surprised to see such sexual content on the VMA's.

A few years ago when Janet Jackson's nipple was shown on television, America criticized her for something that was an accident. If that was breaking news then, Miley Cyrus is breaking news now.

Kathryn Stellato said...

I think Miley is a news story because her performance was so heavily debated. Miley in the past like, four months has "adopted" (for lack of a better word right now) the 'ratchet' black culture and black culture in general. She began twerking just when twerking became huge. She was heavily criticized for it and was even called out by Jay Z on Twitter and the song somewhereinamerica. Even when called out by Jay Z (in a song that is literally about racism, like you can't miss that. It takes ten seconds to google the lyrics.) Miley still didn't get it. Miley is making massive amounts of money off of acting this way, but when the people of the race she is "adopting" (African Americans) act the way Miley is, it usually doesn't end in profit. A culture is being adopted by other races who aren't the race are making profit off it, but when you're the actual race, you get nothing.

I think it is also newsworthy because Robin Thicke got little to no slack for letting Miley grind up on him. Robin Thicke is an older married man with children, which he CONSTANTLY reminded everyone when he got blacklash for Blurred Lines. However, it was Miley's fault and Miley got huge backlash for grinding up on Robin Thicke at the VMA's. But very few people said anything about Robin Thicke letting a younger girl grind on his married self.

This class is Journalism and Society. I think racism and the treatment are newsworthy. As we covered in class today, celebs are a commonalty between us. I think Miley's VMA's performance is important to talk about. It says a lot about the society we live in.

At the same time, I REALLY think people should pay more attention to Syria.

Zach Roumaya said...

In my opinion, I don't think Miley and her performance is newsworthy. I believe it's just being used as celebrity gossip and fluff to draw readers to the newspapers and websites that are publishing stories about her. It's all about the business side of the media when it comes to stories like these.
It's true that there are people that are actually invested in reading celebrity gossip and entertainment news, but it shouldn't be getting the attention that it has been getting in the past couple of days.
Every single professor i've had has mentioned her at least once.
The real news- like the potential US action against Syria- that has a REAL impact on Americans, are the newsworthy stories. The VMA performance of a former child actress is just fluff.

Anonymous said...

All types of journalists are looking for news that society will be interested in. Is Miley Cyrus something the society wants to know and read about? She is, because majority of people today want to read about what a top celebrity is up to.Some may not want to read about her, but as long as a lot of people are interested in her, then journalists are going to find stories on her that are interesting and newsworthy.

Mark McCormick said...

All types of journalists are looking for news that society will be interested in. Is Miley Cyrus something the society wants to know and read about? She is, because majority of people today want to read about what a top celebrity is up to.Some may not want to read about her, but as long as a lot of people are interested in her, then journalists are going to find stories on her that are interesting and newsworthy

Tom Dougherty said...

Do I think that Miley Cyrus' performance was newsworthy? Absolutely not. But in reality, was it? Sure. It hit most of the criteria that we define news as.

As a society, I think it's pretty awful that we get entertainment out of watching other people fail. Let's remember, this performance wasn't out of the blue. There were multiple things going on with her before the performance that was kind of a precursor to this. Whether we admit it or not, we enjoy seeing celebrities fail and go through these phases.

Plus, she's a Disney star and she's not the only one to go off the cliff. In fact, if you're a popular Disney star, it should almost be expected that you're going to go through controversy in your young adulthood. Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, etc. Honestly, Timerblake is the only one who really made it big and never fell.

Is this the kind of news that most of us in the class are interested in? I would say probably not. It's certainly not what I'm looking for. Having some journalism experience under my belt, I think this stuff gives the media a bad name. But that's me.

It's tough to admit, but at the end of the day, in my opinion, Miley Cyrus is newsworthy. It's just not the news that I'll read or pay any attention to.

Carine Lavache said...

In my opinion, Miley Cyrus's performance is not newsworthy at all. As we discussed in class, she does not effect our lives in any way, so there is no reason for her to be such a huge topic in the news. The media is capitalizing on her performance because that is what is popular among society today. By catering to what the people are fascinated by, they guarantee themselves loyal customers/readers.

Gabrielle Vinogradov said...

I understand why everyone has been freaking out about Miley. She was a Disney kid and she went kind of crazy. That's understandable. I think in some way, you can argue that she is newsworthy, but not to this extent. She's newsworthy in the celebrity news world, of course. However, she's not so newsworthy that people should be paying more attention to her than to Syria or, I don't know, the fact that Kim Jong-Un had his ex girlfriend executed. I think you can argue both sides of Miley's situation really well. It just depends on what definition of "newsworthy" you consider.

Matt Leister said...

The fact that Miley Cyrus is newsworthy says a lot more about our state as a society then the state of the media. There is a speech in the Spike Lee film 'Mo Better Blues between Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes (which was later sampled in The Roots album Things Fall Apart) which makes the point accordingly.

Denzel is a jazz musician who plays important classics and he is saddened by his shrinking audience because they don't appreciate it anymore. Snipes is a newer musician on the scene and counter argues that if Denzel would play music that people liked they would show up.

In this case, stories such as Syria are what the media would prefer to play, but fewer people will watch. Unfortunately, Miley is the "music" that people like.

Alexa White said...

I actually did not watch the VMAs, (Breaking Bad was more important to me than an awards show) but I did YouTube it after I saw numerous reactions on my twitter feed. I was actually somewhat disappointed. Sure, she looked like a mess but I have definitely seen worse at a local bar. Is this really what people are so up in arms about? It was a bad performance, let's call it what it is and move on. The media is clearly capitalizing on the shock of America, because it was making a buzz. That is what America wants to know about. Do I think it was newsworthy? No, not at all. But clearly America does since it is all they have been tweeting, reading and hearing about for the past week.

Deanna Gormisky said...

I believe it's not news worthy. But, it obviously has some sort of... strange power... to make us continuously talk about it. And, unfortunately, we are all victims of it. Whatever this production is.

It seems to be apparent each year with the VMAs as well; it's all a huge act.

Observe: http://9gag.com/gag/adNqnoj

Tara Morris said...

I personally don't find Miley to be newsworthy, but somehow she makes the headlines anyway.

I think there are bigger things that need our attention other than a Video Music Award show hosted by a television station that doesn't even play music videos. I understand these things are a good distraction, but we need to be focusing on things that could impact ourselves and our country.

Meghan Rosko said...

We need to determine what exactly is newsworthy to society. Ms. Cyrus dominates the social media platforms, which in turn, is dominated by the younger generation. Many Americans feel that newsworthy cotent should be left for nation news concerning matters in Syria and political responses. This emphasis is placed on political areas because the problems are directly realted to our well-being and the well-being of our country. Does Miley Cyrus contribute to the well-being of our society? I can honestly answer no. But a die-hard Cyrus fan might disagree. We cannot determine if a story is newsworthy until we grasp the concept on the auidence that information is geared toward.

Ramona Roberts said...

With everything going on in the world right now, no in reality she isn't new worthy. However her story gets views, and interest people, and that makes her newsworthy.

sonji milburn said...

I do not believe that Miley Cyrus is actually newsworthy in today's society. Yes, people like to hear crazy stories and scandals about celebrities and what they do, but we as a society should care more about the important issues. We should be focusing more on the civil war that is occurring in Syria and the fact that people are dying all around the world. When looking at the Miley Cyrus story, I feel as if it is all for entertainment and is a media stunt to get people involved in her life even further.

Sonji Milburn

Kushana Jenkins said...

I think that Miley Cyrus has only been relevant because of her "good girl gone bad" image. Her once house hold name "Hannah Montana" is dead and gone and I guess this is the new and "not so" improved Miley that the media could not wait to publicize on. The publicity from her performance was great for media and herself (the artist)...I guess that's what its all about right? But I definitely did not feel like it was newsworthy...but the performance served its purpose, it was memorable for sure (lol).

bspause said...

Miley Cyrus definitely serves as a topic of conversation, which has been illustrated by the raging reaction to her performance of the VMA's.

This could easily fall under the "unusual" aspect of newsworthiness, but other then that, seeing Miley's face all over the internet and magazines truly illustrate that journalism is a business. They want to run what will sell, and the controversy she's causing is something that viewers eat up.

Janice Austin said...

I believe whatever sells these days is deemed "news worthy". Though there are other serious and way more important things that should be brought to society's attention, the real question is would we be interested and would we listen to it? Miley Cyrus is news because we made her news, don't believe me type in Miley cyrus on the search box on Twitter!

Ashley Kane said...

Miley doesn't deserve all the attention she got/is getting for her VMA performance.
I think it could be newsworthy if a reporter wanted to discuss the reasons why this was not appropriate instead of simply reacting in shock, that would be one thing. All the commotion isn't communicating anything except Miley's lost it. There was no influence in my life or thoughts from her performance until we talked about it in class.
Miley chose to become a role model for a generation of young girls. Unforunately, many Disney Channel stars go wild leaving the children confused or disappointed. Something along those lines could be a topic worth discussing, but all the comments of shock and "omg, can you believe she did that?!" isn't deserving of so much attention.

Paige Calter said...

News is not supposed to biased. It is meant to be a reporting or relaying of facts through broadcast, print or the Internet, etc. Miley Cyrus' VMA performance is news, as long as only the facts were covered in any articles or stories that were reported on the television/ print. That being said, the reason why this was a considered a big deal is because of the medias preconceived notion of what the name 'Miley Cyrus' represents. Miley was formerly known among her fans as Hannah Montana, the sweet natured normal kid by day/ pop star by night. She was given an image to uphold because she was associated with the Disney Channel brand. Since breaking away from that in the recent year before her VMA performance she cut off all her hair, and rebranded herself as the new 'Miley Cyrus.' She openly admitted to smoking marijuana on Jimmy Kimmel, and debuted her video to We Cant Stop which was just a preview of what was to go on during her VMA performance. I believe that while the performance itself may be newsworthy (because it was performed on live TV during a highly watched TV event) I think that the reason behind the media reporting on the story it to purely exploit it. "Former Disney Channel Actress twerks on Robin Thicke at the VMAs" is an eye-catching headline and readers are attracted to story that capitalizes on a scandal.

Stephanie Dykyj said...

I believe her performance was absolutely newsworthy. Though it may not directly affect our lives, her vulgar dancing and outfit choices affect many others. She has changed a great deal since she was a Disney star. Kids who fell in love with her during her early years typically try to follow her into adulthood. However, she is setting a very poor example for these adolescents. Many parents worry that their children may follow her examples, from her provocative outfits to her blatant drug use. Her performance was shocking as Miley continues to crash, and it is yet another incident that frightens parents around the world.

Jordan Mayo said...

As sad as it is for me to say, I believe that Miley Cyrus is newsworthy. In today's world, the number one priority for the majority of people is to be entertained. Miley Cyrus performs plenty of entertainment! Most like other young celebrities who were childhood sensations, she has managed to turn her life into a circus. From her outfits, to twerking on Rob & Thicke, people may like her or hate her, but all that matters is that people are watching.

Valerie Vaincoeur said...

I think miley cirus is newsworthy but not for good reasons. Unfortunately her antics were broadcasted to millions of viewers during the MTV vma's. She affects a lot of young girls who look up to her when her show was on the disney channel (hannah montana. Nowadays viewers care more about being entertained then being informed. Miley is definitely not informing news. She is an entertainer and she did what they did for attention. Im sure many news outlets gained readers and viewers just for publishing a story on her.

Don McDermott said...

The awards were news. Cyrus, however, is not anymore newsworthy than a child throwing a temper tantrum. Her behavior was contemptible, and she only did it for publicity. The media should not report things like that. It's just egging these egotistical people on.
Celebrities are not news. "Prominent person" is a newsworthiness criteria, but these celebrities, together with their idiotic actions, are not prominent people. Listen to her music, if you like that sort of thing, but don't tell us about what she did at the music awards. It's not news.

Andrew Vanech said...

Miley is newsworthy on the celebrity level. If outlets wanted to add her performance to the news cast, it should be for the social buzz she created, not to just feed in to the hype. One good story that could come out of the VMAs is what did parents think of Miley's Performance? Do they see her a a rgood role model to express individuality (hopefully not the same way Miley did) or is she a bad influence with her provocative clothing and twerking.

Suchi Parikh said...

Miley Cyrus definitely is newsworthy, people want to read about all the crazy stuff she does and while it may be bizarre and ridiculous, in the end this would attract viewers because nowadays who wouldn't want to make fun of people who's ridiculous stunts are publicized on live television. And Miley brought this upon herself after that performance. She knew how much media coverage her performance would get. So this is newsworthy but at the celebrity level.

Mariama Mansaray said...

i think it's news worthy. it involves a prominent person, and it impacts the audience. the media like to make story out of the lives of celebrities, and the public enjoys it. i think what make it more news worthy is because she was a former Disney star, she was a role model for younger kids, and seeing her perform crudely on stage affects the audience; all the kids that looked up to her, and all the parents likewise.