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Controversy is the Best Policy

Posted by stephaniehughes95 on February 6, 2015 at 1:05 AM

Controversy. Con-tro-ver-sy. It’s such an overused word because it is so prevalent in our society. It’s supposed to describe something that has two or more distinct polarizing views, is tongue-in-cheek, or a gray area. It’s a word that’s slapped on a public figure when they say a few naughty words, it’s a word that the liberal media likes to use when crying foul, and it’s a word that a weepy hack writer like myself can only hope to aspire to. Controversy gets us talking and a lot of it is intentional. A T.V. show or comedy act will often push the envelope either to see how far they can get or just to garner some attention and we fall for it every time. This doesn’t mean that controversy is necessarily a bad thing – it challenges our perceptions, addresses a few societal issues, and can make a person’s career as quickly as it can break it. I love controversy twice as much as it loves me. However, I think the use of the word is overrated and in a lot of the times it’s used, the topic is by no means a controversial one (Justin Bieber’s onslaught of antics aren’t “controversial”, most people can agree that they’re absurd). The real kind of controversy is Vladmir Nabokov’s “Lolita” controversy. On one hand, it’s a sadist novel that sexualizes our youth (I stand to say I don’t believe this, but others would). On the other hand, it addresses the issues of sexual victimization, particularly in young women. There’s no lack for debates and people trying to push their opinions on you – or tell you why they would be right and everyone else is wrong. Which side of the next argument will you be on? You decide! Or you now, let someone else decide for you.

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