A Brief Defense of This Year's Most Annoying Words

We're sick of 'selfie' and 'twerking,' but are we done with the discussions that surround them?

The term “selfie,” like the one being taken here by President Barack Obama and others, became a controversial word and practice in 2013.

The term “selfie,” like the one being taken here by President Barack Obama and others, became a controversial word and practice in 2013.

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But whether or not you like Cyrus' music, whether or not you find the video for "It Can't Stop" appropriative or her performance at the Video Music Awards vulgar and racially insensitive, or whether you buy her suggestions that she's self-aware and making her sexualized presentations deliberately ugly, it's undeniable that Cyrus inspired incredibly important, and often rewardingly complex, conversations about the state of our mass culture this year.She was arguing for Miley Cyrus to be Time's Person of the Year, but her logic stands as a defense of the discussion about her twerking as well. These words may be annoying, but what they represent is anything but trite and those issues aren't going anywhere.More News: