Essay: “On Dignity”

As I don’t have MTV or have any interest in any of their current programming I didn’t watch the VMAs last week, so I was not able to catch that infamous stage performance by former Disney Channel star Myley Cyrus. It was hard to miss out on all the reactions to it online though, though only a choice few tweets made it onto my feed. One tweet that stood out to me was one that said that the Oxford Dictionary had added an entry for “Twerking” (from the dance style Miss Cyrus had chosen to emulate for the VMAs) and removed the entry for “Dignity” to make room. We weren’t using that one anyway. And that got me thinking. How important is dignity to us today?

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