Why I hated the Miley Cyrus “Controversy”

By now everyone has probably written everything there is to write about the “controversy” over the Miley Cyrus “twerking” performance on the Video Music Awards, but I am going to add one more thing.

I hated the performance but not for the reasons others did. Wasn’t offended by the sexuality or anything like that.

I was offended that anyone thought that any of this mattered in the slightest. But I really couldn’t put my finger on what really made me hate it, until I read that Cyrus told the other performer that they were about to “make history”.

Excuse me? Make history. For what?

And then I read this:

On a quick look, the scientific evidence is clear. “Popular TV shows teach children fame is the most important value,” stated the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) press announcement of the study by psychology professor Patricia Greenfield and her Ph.D. student, Yalda Uhls. Titled “The Rise of Fame: An Historical Content Analysis,” the study evaluated the two most popular tween TV shows of every decade for the last 50 years. Recruited online, 60 reviewers rated the programs based on 16 moral values incorporating traits from cutting-edge research investigating what makes people desire fame. They ranked community feeling and benevolence as the most important moral concepts in Andy Griffith and The Lucy Show, which aired in 1967; Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days, which aired in 1977; Growing Painsand Alf, which aired in 1987; and Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Boy Meets World, which aired in 1997. In those decades, fame and achievement hovered at the bottom of the list. But in 2007, the moral values flipped—fame and achievement skyrocketed in American Idol (the talent competition) and Hannah Montana, in which high school student Miley Stewart (played by Miley Cyrus) leads a double life as a pop star. At the same time, community feeling and benevolence plummeted.

Like my uncle once said while watching people “dance” at a baseball game – “Everyone wants to be a star”.

That’s what offended me.




Linking your YouTube Account to Apple TV

I love my Apple TV.  There are so many useful things you can do with it. About half the time we are in front of the TV we are using Apple TV.

One thing that always bothered me was that I couldn’t sign in to my YouTube account. It is really a lot easier to find YouTube videos on my computer than on Apple TV. I wanted to be able to find something while at my computer and throw it into my YouTube favorites and watch it later. But whenever I tried to enter my account information for my account on the Apple TV it would tell me that my username or password was incorrect.

The message I get is:

“This account cannot be used with Apple TV. Try using a different account.”

What different account? After digging through forums I found the (somewhat convoluted) solution.

1. Turn on two-step verification.

2. Turn on application specific passwords 

3. Create a You Tube Channel.

Not sure if ALL of the above are necessary, but doing all of them worked for me. Note that when when you are entering your username and password, you will STILL get an error message stating that they are incorrect. Enter your username just like you did and THEN enter your two-step verification code in the password field.

This is the type of interface we get when Apple and Google don’t get along.


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