At the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards — which were held in Brooklyn on Sunday, August 25 — 20-year-old Miley Cyrus shocked the world, especially the hundreds of thousands of young fans who tuned in to see her latest performance. The young singer was no doubt seeking to boost her media profile through controversy. Cyrus may find, however, that she lost many fans in the process. Someday soon, she might even come to view her borderline-pornographic onstage antics as completely embarrassing.
Cyrus sang her hit song “We Can’t Stop” and then performed a duet of “Blurred Lines” with 36-year-old singer Robin Thicke. During those songs, Cyrus removed her leotard to reveal a flesh-colored latex bikini; her bra and underwear were quite revealing. She also gave the crowd an intense twerking demonstration — twerking, of course, involves bending forward and shaking the hips with great intensity. In addition, Cyrus rubbed against dancers dressed as bears in a sexual manner, and she grabbed Thicke’s private parts at one point. Thicke’s wife was in the audience. Perhaps the most unsettling aspect of Cyrus’s appearance was her tongue. She exhibited the ability to stick it out exceptionally far.
Judging by their stunned expressions, many audience members found the display ugly. Social media reactions were even more intense. For instance, technology writer Mike Elgan wondered on Google Plus if Miley has lost “the ability to keep her tongue in her face”
Others criticized the star’s fashion sense. On Twitter, @whatitsmenej noted that she had only one thought during Miley’s performance:
Yeah so Miley Cyrus spent most of her song twerking on stage but all I could think was, is she wearing sneakers with a bikini?
— whatitsmenej (@whatitsmenej) August 26, 2013
And Twitter’s @joseduderibe fretted:
Miley Cyrus has single-handedly ruined the latex bikini industry.
— Josebrah (@joseduderibe) August 26, 2013
Indeed, that vein of humor ran through much of the social media commentary. For example, on the official Miley Facebook fan page, Ron Virginia expressed concern that her movements gave his TV set herpes. Other comments were overwhelmingly negative:
Reddit member mikesaysthis offered a photo called “My cat watching the VMAs, imitating Miley Cyrus” (http://imgur.com/90mu1Xi).
YouTube members could not resist Miley-related comedy either. Jessielou121 provides viewers with this thought, “It’s kind of sad, honestly. You look at her as a role model that so many kids grew up with, and what kind of role model is she turning into now?” in the video “Miley Cyrus & Robin Thicke – MTV VMA’S 2013 PERFORMANCE”
To be fair, not every social media reaction was negative. For instance, HotNewHipHop noted on its Google Plus page that the rapper Juicy J called Miley “the best twerker, hands down”
Even so, the number of people who found Miley’s bra and underwear display at the Video Music Awards ugly and embarrassing far outweighed those who defended the young singer. Perhaps Hugo Câmara summed it up best with his comment on the MTV VMA page, a photo of a child leaning over a toilet bowl.
I am curious to know what you think about all of this. Please leave me your comments below!
If you’re an existing Ping.fm customer you may have received an email recently from Seesmic with the subject line “Ping.fm closing down on July 5th”. For those of you who have been using Ping.fm on a regular basis, this shouldn’t have come as a surprise. We’ve been notified several times in the past that Seesmic purchased Ping.fm and intended to improve the service, close Ping.fm, and ask existing users to make the switch.
The email that was sent today states, in part, the following:
“As previously communicated, we are shutting down Ping.fm. As of July 5th, you will no longer be able to access Ping.fm.
The new Seesmic Ping, which replaces Ping.fm, is now live, and you can either sign up directly, or between now and July 5th, log into your Ping.fm account and use the wizard we put in place to help you go through the sign up process.”
Unfortunately, in my opinion, the ‘upgrade’ is disappointing. I think Seesmic should reconsider this move and keep Ping.fm open until they improve Seesmic! Here’s where I have issue with closing Ping.fm for the replacement they have available:
Look, I am long-time Ping.fm account holder and have used this service regularly. The bottom line is this, Ping.fm was easily the most powerful service online to take a single status update and blast it to dozens of social media channels all at once. Take a look at the screenshot to the left for an example of the powerful features provided by Ping.fm . This is a partial list of social networks supported by Ping.fm and the ones currently setup through my Ping.fm account:
Ping.fm allows a single status update to be posted automatically to a robust list of social networks, including: Twitter, MySpace, GTalk, Tumblr, LinkedIn, AIM, Indenti.ca, Brightkite, Plurk, FriendFeed, Blogger, Plaxo Pluse, WordPress.com, Delicious, YouTube, Multiply, Yammer, Flickr and even more accounts – many not visible on this list.
When upgrading to Seesmic they give us a total of four accounts: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Tumblr. Really, just four accounts? See the graphic below:
Why do I need Seesmic at all, let alone a paid version? I can automatically link my Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts together easily using other free services being offered. What made Ping.fm really special was the ability to blast dozens of social networks all at once – even those that aren’t necessarily mainstream.
Seesmic should read this blog and consider leaving Ping.fm open until they can make a suitable replacement for it! Ping.fm is an amazing service, there’s nothing like it available right now. I could see myself paying a small monthly fee to use an upgraded version of Ping.fm, one with features such as the ability to post directly to Facebook Groups (not just pages).
Are you a Ping.fm user, have you seen the recent changes? What do you think?
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