Twerking ain’t working

On Aug. 28, 2013 two new words were added to the English Oxford Dictionary. The words were “twerk” and “selfie” following cultures demonstrated by the mid-20’s generation in America.

Twerk is defined as, “Dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance,” according to the Oxford dictionary. The definition of selfie is “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website” according to the Oxford dictionary.

As the beloved Miley Cyrus has kindly demonstrated the twerk for us in her song “We Can’t Stop” at the VMA’s, we can without a doubt trace the source of the fads to what we see in the media.The widely popular term selfie is more common, as we’ve all taken selfies of ourselves and friends. Myself included.

This is the legacy that the children and young adults are now leaving behind. In 20 years when your child comes to you and says, “ Mom, Dad watch me twerk!” how are you going to react?

I do not understand at all what drives a person to twerk. Let us all agree not to twerk unless we have an unquenched need to twerk for ourselves.

All of the brain power has apparently been transferred to thinking up new inappropriate dances. Letting everyone know it is not impressive that you can copy other people.

Although our generation does have the best experiences we are not necessarily leaving behind the best legacy. With things like milking, Gangnam Style, the Harlem shake, and now twerking we are not exactly the generation the next one will want to look up to we definitely can make some improvements.

Stand up to all the ridiculous fads and try your hardest not to fall in society’s trap of what is cool and what is not. Be cool by being yourself. Being your own individual is like being a unicorn these days, but also a great start to beating the social norms.

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