I am Miley Cyrus

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My students say they need to choose how famous they want to be. They need to manage their profiles and reputations. They must be available to their publics at all times, even during my class. They endure and sometimes hurl vengeful and humiliating images, truths and lies that require management and clean-up. They sometimes can't bear to Google themselves.

As for me, I'm told I need a platform, and a brand for my products (what used to be called "books"). It's hard for academic triple threats -- teacher, writer, public speaker -- to maximize our public effect.


Originally published as:

Paris, Jenell. “I am Miley Cyrus,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Op-Ed, Oct. 20, 2013.