The online newspaper of Canyon High School

The Eagle's Tale

The online newspaper of Canyon High School

The Eagle's Tale

The online newspaper of Canyon High School

The Eagle's Tale

The worst of both worlds, ignorance and war

Staff photo illustration includes images of a Syrian refugee camp by Flo Smith and Miley Cyrus at the 2013 Video Music Awards by Nancy Kaszerman.

Bodies lie in streets surrounded by debris from exploded buildings in a suburb outside of Damascus. The Syrian government has allegedly used chemical weaponry against its own citizens. Across the country of Syria, millions live in fear of the civil war raging around them.

Outside of Syrian borders, Miley Cyrus’s Video Music Awards performance goes viral in seconds, while Syria goes unnoticed.

While media coverage is skewed towards frivolous entertainment, it is the consumers’ responsibility to make humanitarian and political issues a priority in the news.

Cyrus is no longer Disney’s pop sensation. It has been two years since the finale episode of “Hannah Montana” was released, yet somehow people still associate Cyrus with their childhood pop princess. Not only has Cyrus grown up, but the generation that looked up to Hannah Montana has grown alongside her. No longer does Cyrus represent a role model, but instead, an entertainer.  

Sensational journalism coverage of eccentric celebrities has swamped the media since the dawn of Hollywood. Non-celebrities’ obsession to live vicariously through the media’s portrayal of a select few and pretty people only encourages wild and outlandish acts by celebrities.

For every click, view and magazine bought to gawk at Cyrus’s performance, less time was spent focusing on the issues concerning human rights. To some, the issues in Syria may seem irrelevant, but they are still a part of our world. Many people can sing every word to Cyrus’s song “We Can’t Stop,” however, they can’t recall President Obama’s stance on American intervention in Syria.

While Cyrus’s performance was viewed as vulgar and inappropriate, she was performing at an awards show that is known for performances like the one featured. The VMA’s are a platform for musicians to push their albums further and create a name for themselves.

Although it is easier to point fingers at a girl performing a risqué dance, we cannot ignore that we are to blame for the amount of media Cyrus received while thousands of humans continue to suffer world-wide. It is our responsibility as educated citizens to drive what is covered in the media.

View Comments (1)
More to Discover
About the Contributors
Cortlyn Dees, Co-Editor-in-Chief
My name is Cortlyn Dees and this year I am Co-Editor-In-Chief of The Eagle’s Tale, alongside Kori Adair. I am a senior, and this is my second year as a varsity cheerleader. I am a member of National Honor Society, American Sign Language Honors Society, and the Quill and Scroll Honor Society. I am the historian for the Class of 2014. I am passionate about journalism and enjoy writing sports stories. I am attending the University of Arkansas next year and will major in broadcast journalism. I am in love with Pure Water tea. I am supportive by an amazing family and group of friends. I’m looking forward to a great senior year, and I will see you on the field… or court… or track!
Kori Adair, Co-Editor-in-Chief
¡Hola! My name is Kori Adair, and I am a senior at Canyon High. This is my second year to serve on the newspaper staff, and I will be filling the position of Co-Editor-in-Chief alongside Cortlyn Dees.  Outside of newspaper, I will also be participating in the school musical, the One Act play, and choir.  I enjoy reading, witty banter, and attempting to make fancy beverages. I want to major in chemistry at Baylor University after graduation.  I am beyond thrilled to be on the newspaper staff again, and I know we’re going to have a fantastic year!
Maisie Dyer, Associate Editor
Hello! My name is Maisie Dyer, I am a senior, third year staff member and associate editor of the Eagle’s Tale and Eagle’s Tale Online. I am also the senior class publicist, executive vice president of the varsity choir, Rocky the eagle, and a member of NHS and ASLHS. If it isn’t obvious, I love to challenge myself and keep a full schedule. After graduation I plan on attending Brigham Young University to major in psychology. While there I hope to get married, then start a family and career as full-time mom and wife. With the crazy life I have I work to put my family and faith first, I believe if I do that everything else will fall into place. I’m excited for every new day I get to live and am especially excited to soon be a part of the big adult world and learn and grow even more.
Josh Collins, Associate Editor
This one time, in Australia… Hello everyone! My name is Josh Collins, and I am an associate editor. I am a senior at Canyon High and am involved with several clubs and organizations. I am the president of Key Club, the president of National Honors Society, and am involved heavily with the American Sign Language Honor Society. I am also in the PRO program as well as the CHS End It movement. This summer I took a trip to Australia to attend a week long program at the University of Melbourne for the Young Leaders Winter Program. It was the best trip of my life, it opened my eyes to many cultural differences, and I loved every second. I also worked this summer at Ceta Canyon Methodist Church and Retreat Center. It was my second year working there and was an amazing experience. If I’m not at home napping, I am probably at Sonic or the movies. I love sushi, music, the ocean and writing! I especially love writing entertainment review and features. For college, my dream is to return to the University of Melbourne.

Comments (1)

All The Eagle's Tale Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • L

    LanceSep 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm