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Daily Download: August 26, 2013 (Michael Bloomberg advice, hipsters video & Miley Cyrus + Robin Thicke)

Michael Bloomberg’s advice for success — Michael Bloomberg is the 13th richest person in the world.  So you have to listen to him when he gives advice on how to succeed.  At the same time, he’s getting quite a bit of flack for his approach.  Some would consider his suggestions outdated, but I give it to the guy for being willing to hustle and get it done.  I’m intrigued by his “old school” work ethic as well as the criticism he’s taking.  Some people make it his way, and some people make it other ways, so I’m not going to criticize the guy for telling us to work hard, and when you’re tired of that, work hard some more.  Yes, you need to choose your priorities and make sure you’re living the life that fulfills you and achieves the goals you’ve chosen, but don’t knock the guy for being honest about what’s worked for him.

Hipster Thanksgiving — This is hilarious because I’m pretty sure I know these people in real life ….

Miley Cyrus twerks, stuns VMAs crowd — I’m cracking up at this photo of the Will and Jada Smith and their kids at the Video Music Awards on MTV during Miley Cyrus’ performance.  Apparently, Miley has decided to push her career over to the “outrageous” category and made that decision official through her VMA performance.  Don’t watch the videos of the performance unless you really want to be shocked to see Hannah Montana go a whole other direction. What a way to make news.


In a similar vein, TIME Magazine TV critic James Poniewozik wrote sentiments on Twitter that coincide with the looks on the Smith family’s faces.


And the looks on the faces of Rihanna and the One Direction guys are telling as well.  The whole thing has become the joke of the Internet today, including a play-by-play over at Buzzfeed called the The 15 Weirdest And Craziest Moments From Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance.


Apparently Miley helped Twitter set some records as well, helping this year’s VMAs hit 306,100 tweets per minute, and at one point, a one-second peak of 143,199 tweets per second.

Interestingly (and I’m willing to acknowledge that my first published version of this post didn’t include this observation) the only real criticism I’ve heard of Robin Thicke in this moment is people who didn’t like his striped suit.  Maybe it’s because this was Miley’s true “coming out” moment as an explicit, over-the-top act after her early career as a cleaner Disney actress, or maybe it’s because Robin Thicke has already taken all of his heat when his video full of topless women was released, but over at Jezebel, in a post titled “Miley’s Need to Shock Was The Least Shocking Thing About It”, they’re asking why we’re only talking about Miley in this moment (as we talked about Janet Jackson after his Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction” and not too much about Justin) and not bringing Robin into the criticism.  A friend pointed me over to the Jezebel questioning, which is valid here:

“Cyrus’s performance was shocking, but for reasons not being discussed. It was jarring because, as opposed to the random, half-nude models we’re used to seeing prance around Robin Thicke, we were watching a 20-year-old woman — a household name, someone we “know” — play the object in Thicke’s sexy sex dream. And as was the case during the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake Super Bowl fiasco of 2004, the focus has been on Miley’s performance choices and not Thicke’s compliance in them. While criticizing a woman for her actions might imply that she’s being given an agency that has been long denied, it’s not. It’s holding her to a standard not required of her companion, who got to sit back and enjoy the young ass shoved in his face. “

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