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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

MTV: What hast thou become?

So I just checked the TV listings and the only times that MTV plays videos these days is from 5am to 7am. I guess I had assumed, mistakenly, that TRL or some variation thereof was still on the air. I find this interesting for a few reasons. Of course, there is the glaring fact that MTV stands for Music Television yet less than 10% of its programming is devoted to music. And I could of course point out the fact that many of the Television shows that MTV does air aren't even related to music at all -- shows such as "My Sweet 16" and "Made" come to mind. But I want to focus on something else here. I want to focus on the fact that MTV, for better or worse, has essentially become the cable TV version of US Magazine and With that said, I've seen more episodes of Real World than should legally be allowed for a heterosexual male, and for the most part, I enjoy much of its programming. The mystique, however, is gone.

Without question, MTV has lost part of the allure that made it so great when people in or around my age group were growing up. I can thank MTV for introducing me to an array of diverse musical acts, from RUN DMC to Guns n Roses to Peter Gabriel to Michael Jackson and NWA. Unlike the current state of affairs, MTV used to be a way to explore new musical genres and be exposed to new artists. Shows such as Headbangers Ball and Yo! MTV Raps were instrumental in shaping the music that kids were exposed to, and subsequently became interested in. As a kid I remember flipping through channels and becoming enthralled with Def Leppard. I remember watching Will Smith rap at a time when it was actually cool to listen to Will Smith rapping. I remember where I was the first time I heard "Dre Day" on TV. From Offspring to Bone Thugs-n- Harmony, I can recall a plethora of bands that I would have otherwise been oblivious to had it not been for MTV. MTV, believe it or not, used to expose music to the masses.

But as time marched on, MTV began a slow and steady transformation. Though MTV had long been a place to watch original TV shows such as "The State", "True Life", and "Beavis and Butthead", those shows were always just the icing on the cake so to speak, a temporary reprieve from the music. Eventually, however, the shows MTV began airing started to become less original, more trashy, less focused, and more ridiculous. Shows such as "The State" (one of the funniest and most original sketch comedy shows of all time), for example, had something of substance to offer it's viewers. Now I turn on MTV and I see spoiled 15 year old bitches complaining to their parents about how they want a BMW convertible for their birthday. Hell, when I was 15, I was happy enough to watch Alicia Silverstone make out with a dude on the back of a motorcycle in an Aerosmith video. MTV used to be a place where you could either catch music or watch rising stars such as Adam Sandler and Jon Stewart before they became household names. Now, MTV is a place where you watch some douchebag named Spencer talk about nonsense to some lame ass girls who probably wouldn't have even made the cut for Singled Out, or even the classic "MTV Spring Break!" series.

MTV's disinterest in putting out quality shows was also reflected in the music they chose to promote. Somewhere along the way, MTV devolved from a station that promoted certifiable stars such as Michael Jackson and Guns n Roses to a station that promoted gimmicky and atrocious songs such as the "Macarena" and "Who let the dogs out". Because MTV primarily avoids music related programming these days, I can't help but wonder how this affects the musical interests of kids growing up. And the wild card in all of this is the Internet. Maybe kids are exposed to new music via other avenues these days and I'm just an old(er) man who is out of the loop. I suppose that kids today can just hop onto iTunes and browse an insanely large library of music that would have made the 12 year old me drool in envy. Perhaps, in the end, MTV's transformation was inevitable due to the fact that it's no longer the only game in town. Perhaps, the music video is obsolete.

Is MTV relevant anymore? Yes, but in an entirely different way. MTV can no longer 'make' an artist or band the way it used to be able to, but it does have the frightening ability to seemingly create stardom out of nothing for its reality show cast members. And in todays gossip hungry and voyeuristic society, apparently that's all you need to stay relevant. MTV doesn't play music anymore and it hasn't for quite sometime. I'm fine with it, but it's sort of interesting that a station that once had its hands on the pulse of American music has become a variation of SoapNet. And if every show on MTV was quality, then I'd be the last person complaining. But I just don't have any need to see a second season of "Tila Tequila" or 5 straight hours of "Life of Ryan". I don't think anybody does.


Anonymous PolarWind said...


I used to love watching The 10 Spot and music videos all day. As I got older I remember coming home to watch TRL to see the new artists and what not. MTV today, I shudder when I land on the channel when flipping by, it has become complete garbage, and poisons the young minds who apparently can't get enough of the 'crap'.

11:18 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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12:47 PM

Anonymous WardC said...

MTV used to be a real way to explore new music and see what bands are really like, thus allowing you to choose what you like, and what albums you might want to buy. Now, it's garbage. Totally agree with your article. I used to come home from school and watch MTV before I did my homework...2 hours of music videos. No more of that, it's all reality shows...crappy ones.

12:49 PM

Blogger Tyler Corlen said...

I think it's just a sign that we all grow up. It's the "when I was your age" syndrome. We say (while we are growing up) that we'll never be like our parents. But, that's because each age group follows its own generational path. What your parents probably considered crap when you were young is probably classic rock to you. Of course, that can be any genre.

Rest assured.. Today's teens will be saying the same thing about current shows (I don't even know what they are) when their kids are watching MTV. "Son, when I was your age, we had Pimp My Ride.. not this crap you watch today."

A Blog About Nothing

12:52 PM

Blogger Slider9012 said...



Do you not have MTV2 or MTV Tres?
They play music all freakin DAY!

12:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about the death of TV, it's irrevelent & I turned off cable last year & don't miss it. I work on my businesses & watch movies from Blockbuster. I don't miss the boob tube.

12:53 PM

Blogger MikeDawg said...

You're talking as this whole revolution is only going on at MTV. Look at every other news program, and look at every other station. Our generation and the generation right up behind me, is being turned into Generation TMZ. We care more about celebrities that we care about a war in Iraq.

While I may have gone off on a little bit of a tangent; I slowly saw the demise of MTV, as you said, the only time they actually aired any actual music videos was in the morning, before I would go to school. Slowly they have started adding more and more moronic TV shows to their lineup, like the aforementioned Made and Super 16. Beavis and Butthead was genius, and nobody has the cajones to pull off another program like that on MTV.

12:56 PM

Blogger John Nickerson said...

All I can say is 120 Minutes taught me more about music than any other source on MTV. Matt Pinfield's knowledge about music and the industry was amazing and will sorely be missed by a new generation of music fans.

12:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think even MTV2 plays music anymore. Last time I scrolled by it, all I could see in my guide was "Pimp My Ride"

12:59 PM

Anonymous mike said...

Yep. I used to be big into MTV in grade school - I even remember kind of digging shows like Singled Out, and absolutely *loved* 120 Minutes. Then they slowly drowned into a sea of 16-year-old rich brats and jiggly asses. TRIO was a pretty good substitute until my stupid cable provider dropped 'em. *sigh*

And globalchanges and the rest of you Paulbots - quit stuffing your Ron spam into every comment and forum cranny you can find! Goddammit, I am so tired of you all! Get off my internet!!!

1:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

@globalchanges: You are one of the reasons Ron Paul won't win. Only morons would believe spamming people would get their support.

1:00 PM

Anonymous rocker said...

ok "grandpa"...can you tell me one other thing that has survived from your childhood?

my point being that things must change, evolve, move-on etc etc...esp. something as tread-centric as MTV has to be. Remember, there is a whole new generation of MTVers who want something new to latch on to, not reruns from their older siblings days.

stop looking at MTV as a channel, and more as a trend-setter and you will quickly see that change of formats are embedded into the DNA of such a station.

1:03 PM

Anonymous Figzus said...

I remember when 'The Real World' would actually tackle issues going on the in the world today. Dealing with race, homosexuality, HIV/AIDS, and the whole basic foundation of the different people with different backgrounds living together all in front of cameras. Now its nothing like that its all about who can get drunk, go to jail, and sleep with as many roommates as they possibly can. Its a shame because MTV would actually inform everyone what was going on in society and maybe even change the view for some. Now its just another channel for Paris Hilton's and Britney Spears of the world to show off their drama

1:05 PM

Blogger John Z. said...

globalchanges provides further proof that Ron Paul supporters have the same intellectual depth as FIRSTers.

1:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said, but this is like five years too late, dude. MTV has been a joke since probably the turn of this century. :)

1:10 PM

Anonymous Robert from NYC said...

I just checked and TRL is still on the air. It's the lone music show between America's Next Top Model, Run's House (which can't be that bad actually), and Made.

1:13 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about "120 Minutes" on Sunday nights at midnight. The first time I ever hear "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was on that show . . ..

Don't forget about "The Andy Dick Show" -- awesome!

1:14 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why did some paultard asshole try to turn this into a post about Dr. Coathanger?

1:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

MTV HTS is where the music is at now. I don't even think they have commercials on that station. A lot of good music is played on there. Still are not going to find emerging artists that aren't already getting airtime though.

1:16 PM

Blogger Murdock Scott said...

If only they had kept shows like 120min and the ones you mentioned going they could have kept people appeased.

In 1981 MTV was bold and different it very quickly started a slide into something pretty much the opposite. 25 years later the transformation is complete.

Some of you may find my blog posts on MTV interesting.

My favorite videos aired on the first day of MTV

More Early MTV Nonsense

1:18 PM

Blogger David said...

MTV has not been relevant for 10 years, ever since the first music videos started appearing online. It is so much better picking what you want to see than having it pushed down your throat anyways.

1:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a good interview with Kurt Loder a couple years ago in Rolling Stone magazine (couldnt find link online) explaining his thoughts on MTV not being music television anymore. He basically said that a channel that just showed music videos wouldnt last. In the mid 90s MTV would have gone bankrupt if they did not decide on showing content other that videos. Around that time Real World had the highest ratings, meaning more ad revenue, so they started pushing out reality type shows.

1:23 PM

Blogger Osi said...

ron paul is a deush. stop spaming his crap

1:26 PM

Blogger prelude619 said...

Very well put. Even MTV2 which was supposed to be music only is peddling MTV's junk shows. I wont be surprised if MTV Hits and their other music video channels follow in the steps on mtv2. What a sad SAD channel. And Slider9012:

uhh, I dont know what you are watching but I have mtv2 and MTV3 and you CANT tell me that music is all they play. "pimpiando" is NOT music. and when I tune to MTV2 and they have a real world marathon...PUH-LEES!!!!

and Tyler Corlen, NO this is not a "when I was you age syndrome" because this is NOT a complain about the different music they play of now and then. This is a complaint about music being absent on whats supposed to be MUSIC TELEVISION.

1:33 PM

Anonymous Andy123 said...

Dont Care abt if MTV dies.

But F$5k you for calling "Macarena" atrocious u skunk.


1:35 PM

Blogger Jeff Lyons said...

Nice Post. I agree completely.

I wrote MTV Hates Kids a couple years ago. I just can't watch anymore. I sound like an old crank, but MTV really lost its way and offers nothing for its young viewers.

1:35 PM

Blogger tannerherriott said...

Its like MTV doesnt't count anymore. Years ago is a different story, but now I wouldn't think to go to it looking for something of substance. Kudos for mentioning 'The State' - favorite show growing up.

1:47 PM

Anonymous Carrot said...

I totally agree, I've noticed the decline for sometime. I used to be an MTV junkie, couldn't get enough of the music videos and equally loved the comedy shows that they had (sometimes "My So Called Life" and "Undressed"). But it saddened me when I would tune in at my usual times and find nothing but garbage on. Maybe the music video will be obsolete. With what I've seen, I hope so.

Reading this blog brought back alot of memories as a kid. I remember Liquid Television, The Head, Beavis and Butthead, and my automatic favorate, The State.

I personally felt the decline hit when there were no more "Real World" and "Road Rules" shows, but the hybrid beast of them both started popping out one after the other.

Viva La VH1!

1:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can remember the hype a big new video would get. I remember staying up on New Years Eve back in the '80s to see the new Jump Video by Van Halen. I hate to sound like an adult, but the good old days, were actually much better than the crap they have on there now! All because one of the first 'reality shows' the first seaons of The Real World was such a hit, and set off a domino effect.

1:50 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not just MTV. The Weather Channel hardly show the actual weather any longer, CNN is all talk shows, Headline News isn't that either. Fox "decides and then reports", Food Network is only food-ISH, and on and on. If it's not broke, they still feel like they need to fix it.

1:56 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMFG. Y'know, I'm actually gonna vote for RP despite his massively outspoken followers. But ffs people, I don't need to see RP posts when I'm reading about how crappy MTV is these days. I understand the anti-paul'ers on Digg and Reddit now. :C

1:57 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

MTV = no music like CNN = no news

Both have opted for "shows" with personalities rather than stick with their core. Both now suck.

2:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

MTV insiders have always said that Music Videos don't bring in the numbers. People never rush home to watch music videos. There's no plot, no reason to tune in every week. People change their schedules and stay home for Seinfeld, Lost, etc. A network that shows music 24/7 can't make enough cash to stay afloat.

2:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found out about SO much good music via 120 minutes. Where else was a midwestern girl to catch a Siouxsie-Sioux video in the mid-80's? And my first introduction to Brit humor came via "The Young Ones" which aired around the same time on Sunday evenings.

That said, I do think MTV has become irrelevant, and there are great replacements out there. I have become the biggest geek in the past year, and I have discovered so many new (sometimes indie, sometimes just obscure) bands that way - bands I never would have discovered without them, since I stopped listening to commercial radio 15 years or so ago. I haven't been this excited about music in a long time.

RIP MTV, I am busy listening to music online.

2:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the internet is a much better way to get music

no one even cares of mtv

2:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

rocker said...
stop looking at MTV as a channel, and more as a trend-setter.
LOL! MTV a trend-setter, yeah maybe back in late 80s and early 90s

2:22 PM

Anonymous cokeguy said...

mtv is totally a new age of drama

2:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

MTV is really just trying to hold on to the branded edginess it created and that we all associate with the MTV name. That leads to a lot of disappointed people who expect music on TV and are sorely disappointed by America's Next Top Model and Tila Tequila marathons all day, and a new generation of youth who will grow up thinking that the All American Rejects and Panic! at the Disco are the greatest thing to happen to rock since the Beatles and just CAN'T WAIT for their new albums to drop.

As a network, it's effectively lived the Rockstar life. It started off original, new, fresh, and the kids loved it. It had its run of hits, became popular across the country and around the world, innovated the industry, was an important part in major world affairs (like Live Aid), but then, it tried to stay relevant to its roots after selling out, blew it hardcore (Live 8), and finally became so cliched and mainstream that it simply plays what people want to hear despite the fact that it's lost sight of why it was relevant in the first place. And this career in turn inspires others who do exactly the same thing (VH1, MTV2, VH1 Classic, and soon, MTV Hits, MTVu, and Tres) in shorter amounts of time.

Eventually, it becomes irrelevant and dies, and then everyone will remember it for its early work and not its later stuff.

One can only hope that happens soon, since its later stuff really sucks.

2:37 PM

Blogger jones johnson said...

Even shows like "The Grind", which showed a bunch of 20somethings dancing at different locales, had music. Music music music! But it is what it is. The VH1's and MTV2's of this world no longer show videos exclusively. We should just accept MTV for what it really is: GTV, Garbage Television.

2:37 PM

Anonymous SoupNumber5 said...

I agree. MTV is one big piss hole these days. It's a shame that artists, mainly new artists, are unable to use it as a vehicle of exposure as they used to. I miss some real creative music videos like the ones made from Spike Jonze. But what I really hate is how their reality stars are the celebrities and the only time we see musicians, or entertainers since some aren't even real musicians, is when they're missing panties when exiting their cars.

I hate the tube but I find myself addicted to CSI. Random thought.

2:54 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The record companies should really be angry at MTV, not downloaders. The sad fact is that (despite whether it's bought or stolen) music has been destroyed in popular culture and just doesn't matter at the moment. Maybe in 10 years, when the big labels collapse and artists start to rise on their own accord, we'll be able to see music videos on TV again.

2:54 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

MTV is still on?

2:55 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clearly you have not seen 'Shot At Love'.

Never since 'I Love Lucy' as such great television been produced.

2:57 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rocker Says:
"stop looking at MTV as a channel, and more as a trend-setter and you will quickly see that change of formats are embedded into the DNA of such a station."

How long have you worked in MTV marketing?

2:59 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I graduated from high school in 1989, and honestly I think I was way over MTV well before that; like 1987 or so. By that point, they'd been through their 'new thing' phase and were becoming an institution; and that's when they started to suck. At least I think so. I never really liked the music being shown on MTV, but I liked the channel even less so when the 'M' was more or less being ignored... VH1 has lost me as well, with its 'I Love 2003' silly-ass programming. Basically, my television stays off.

3:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

MTV and TV in general have changed because we the people have allowed it to change. We gave the networks permission to produce crap by simply doing nothing. MTV puts crap on because we won't stop watching it no matter what they put on. If you want better programing change the channel or just turn off the TV. If enough people stopped watching TV the big networks might pay attention.

3:38 PM

Anonymous Dave Nofmeister said...

I remember watching MTV growing up. It's in a sad state now. I think most of the videos now days are just being shown on the net. I'm sure that your average teen-ager does things quite different than we use to.

3:40 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

DEFINATLY! Although I did not get to see MTV in it's glory days, when I was in middle school, I ALWAYS watched MTV, mainly TRL. Even though there were those days with nsync and backstereet boys, if I didn't see some of the music videos on there I probably would not have even changed my music taste to what it is now, nor would I have started loving bands such as Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Hoobastank, etc. After Carson Daily quit being the host of TRL, the videos got MUCH shorter. They only showed pieces of a video and instead started talking on and on about celebrity crap I didn't care about. The music videos that I used to wake up to in the summer were gone and so were the interesting hidden camera shows to be replaced with reality CRAP! I do admit, I enjoyed the first season of Pimp My Ride and Room Raiders, but after that, those shows became pretty much LAME!!!!

3:43 PM

Anonymous SamWaltonRules said...

Well, the whole paradigm has changed. Apparently there's less and less money to be made in the music industry and therefore less $$ to be made with highly produced and expensive music videos for new artists. (for one thing). Another thing is that we have mtv2, mtvtres, mtvh, mtvj, vh1classics, vh1, and others I don't know of.

4:04 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The recording industry wonders why they suck? They had the ultimate vehicle for hyping new music and they couldn't keep their mitts off it. Thank Viacom for it's demise. They blame us for stealing, but THEY blew it. Pop music was fading in the 70's and Disco / Punk helped sell more records. Mtv emerges in 82' and a new surge in music is started. In 85' CD's come out and we started replacing our catalogs with new format. The recording dorks rode that wave for a decade and when it was time to change format again, they were snoozing and missed the .mp3 boat. At the same time MTV, vh1 and the country music station sold their music souls for more ad revenue. The music industry is dead due to neglect. Is anybody surprised?

4:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had to check the date after I read this, MTV hasn't played videos for years, this isn't even a news item anymore. Wake me up when you get into the 21st century.

4:49 PM

Blogger Magglio said...

Oh come on. Sure, MTV doesn't show videos. But check out MTV2 if you want that. The amazing/disgusting thing about MTV is that it dictates what is cool in society today.

Count down to The Hills' return.

Holla - Magglio

4:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

VH1 Classic? Have you seen it lately? They are ruining it too with more shows, commercials, movies and "fly by banner ad's while you are trying to watch a video. It is much different than it was a few years ago.

I was lucky enough to see the original Mtv launch in 1981. I watched it until about 1987 when it started to change for the worst.

I just don't understand why they don't create separate channels called M-networks for all the reality crap and Mtv for the music.

How hard is it to program up a playlist of videos and have them run 24-7? Get with it Mtv execs!

Bring back unplugged & Saturday night concerts!

5:01 PM

Anonymous Pumper Magoo said...

Teh innerwebz killed the video star...

5:31 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I've seen more episodes of Real World than should legally be allowed for a heterosexual male"

You really think gay guys watch more Real World? If so, you are WAY out of touch of gay people. Really, no one should be allowed to watch Real World, regardless.

I miss the old MTV.

5:38 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The big problem with MTV is they're so backwards. They should be introducing channels with "other" type programming and keeping MTV as a music focused channel.

MTV should be at least 60% music related (videos, news, music based shows, 20% non music based shows but featuring music celebrities, and then 20% pop culture. Look at MTV today.

This is Monday's schedule

MTV Video Wake up: Music show
The Big 10: Pop Culture
My Super Sweet 16: Pop culture
Americas Next Top Model: Pop culture (this runs for like 7 hours)
TRL: Music show
Runs House: Non music show, featuring musician
MADE: Pop culture (runs for 6 hours)
MTV Cribs: Pop culture (sometimes features musicians though)
Parental Control: Pop culture for 6 hours

Seriously. That's absurd. Today there's TWO hours of music related shows. No wonder I don't watch MTV any more.

MTV SPIN OFFS should be the ones holding the bulk of non music related shows. How they're doing it now is MTV is barely about the music. Only their newest spin off is about music. And those slowly become more crap and they spin off a new one.

5:57 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved "The State"!!!

I wanna dip my balls in it!

6:08 PM

Anonymous ganja said...

tila tequilla shouldn't be on mtv, she should be in porn where she belongs.

6:08 PM

Blogger Dickard said...

This reminds me of a blog post I saw about a year ago. My favorite quote:

Reason #7. Music Television Doesn't Play Music.

People don't think about it much anymore but MTV's most audacious act was deciding to stop running videos. That's like B.E.T. running a Charles In Charge marathon.

How MTV Fucked Up America

6:22 PM

Blogger jdack said...

Youtube has replaced MTV for music videos.

The only thing more irrelevant than "Music TeleVision" is Television.

6:54 PM

Anonymous skazi said...

Hah yeah right, ill never vote for ron paul the racist republican redneck ahaha the day pigs fly. Democrat all the way

7:15 PM

Blogger Dave Himself said...

HBO: What hast thou become?

So I just checked the TV listings and it turns out HBO has got all these TV shows on instead of movies. I guess I had assumed, mistakenly, that HBO was the channel I could count on to bring me movies right after they leave the theatre. I find this interesting for a few reasons. Of course, there is the glaring fact that HBO stands for Home Box Office and yet less and less of its programming is devoted to Box Office movies. And I could of course point out the fact that many of the Television shows that HBO does air aren't even related to Movies at all -- shows such as "Real Sex" and "Trinidad VS. Roy Jones Jr." come to mind. But I want to focus on something else here. I want to focus on the fact that HBO, for better or worse, has essentially become the cable TV version of cable TV…

7:32 PM

Anonymous KicksG said...

I like this post, though I will say that I am one of the many shameless folk who do enjoy the reality programming of MTV and VH1. Music videos had their era, and now realty tv has its era. Soon a whole new genre will become the rage - what that may be, I have no idea. But you can't blame the MTV for going with what is working, with what the audience responds to and wants. It is unfortunate that music video cannot exist side by side with the reality programming, but that's just the way it goes. People might make the same argument for the internet, in all the new trends taking over: Facebook, MySpace, Catster (yes, that does exist) or even Digg. Media changes, and we just have to accept that it does.

7:52 PM

Anonymous poploser said...

it was never cool to watch Wil Smith rap.

8:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jon Stewart had a show as replacement to Asskissio Hall.

And he was WORSE than Hall.

Just remember a little better next time.

8:23 PM

Blogger SewerRaccoon said...

I wish MTV was still the way you describe it. But now we're jammed with spoiled teenagers (This hits me especially hard, being 17 years old), and bad "reality" shows. Any music I see on MTV anymore is the new crap rap, which I can't stand.

8:27 PM

Blogger SewerRaccoon said...

I wish MTV was still the way you describe it. But now we're jammed with spoiled teenagers (This hits me especially hard, being 17 years old), and bad "reality" shows. Any music I see on MTV anymore is the new crap rap, which I can't stand.

8:27 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can MTV have a Music Video Awards when they don't show music videos????

8:40 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today the kids are exposed to crap music (in my opinion). If they aren't listening to rap their listening to "emo". If you compare, side by side, an album from the time to an album popular today you will notice that today's music is a joke.

8:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the words of Jello Biafra,

"MTV get off the air!! NOW!"

9:07 PM

Anonymous Jayson Barclay said...

MTV was the best. They have always had non-music video programming on though. Whether it was cult movies like Attack of the Killer tomatoes or the Rocky horror picture show, and concerts on the weekends like Alice Cooper, 120 minutes or even remote control. My personal favorite was Beavis and Butthead, and wow did they play that to death. But still, it was founded on the idea of giving people music in Stereo, and they've drifted from the path. I think it sends a message to the youth of today as well, telling them today's music sucks and doesn't matter as much as entertainment. I also enjoy rabid lunatics taking the opportunity to spam blog for some idiot candidate.

9:10 PM

Anonymous Porky said...

9:43 PM

Blogger theloniusfunk said...

I pretty much gave up on MTV shortly after they were purchased by Viacom. The shows I liked were The Cutting Edge, 120 Minutes, Yo! and while HBB had its moments, it got grating after a while.

The idea of a video network actually acting like a video network seems almost quaint now.

10:51 PM

Blogger Dauragon said...

I remember watching Bone Thugs & Harmony as a kid and thinking they were the coolest people oh earth.

*sigh* those days are over. Now everyone just points to Souja Boy and calls all rap music crap.

11:44 PM

Blogger said...

mtv is freaken on tv

11:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody who makes a post like this is an idiot out of touch 30 year old. I mean come on - MTV LAUNCHED MULTIPLE CHANNELS THAT ONLY PLAY MUSIC VIDEOS. If you really want to watch just music videos, PUT ONE OF THOSE CHANNELS ON, YOU IDIOT! The only reason that the main MTV channel doesn't play music all the time is because the other stuff is MORE POPULAR! You must be a total jackass.

12:11 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vote Ron Paul

12:34 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There used to be a day when MTV was the voice of the Youth of America. Bill Clinton actually went on MTV and talked to 18 - 24 year olds and got their vote. Now MTV has basically abandoned any and all social issues, MTV news does not exist. MTV is all about the lowest common denominator of entertainment. The last 5-6 years will be looked at as the low period in MTV's existence. As a person who basically grew up with MTV, from MJ's Thriller, the MTV music Awards, Yo MTV Raps, The Headbangers Ball, Nirvana, the Monsters of Rock, Rockumentarys, Unplugged. The station was about youth culture and music/movies that appealed to the youth of america. The youth of America still tackles the same issues, the only difference is that you don't have a television station to show you that people all over the country are just like you. Now you get MTV showing you that you are different because you are not hot, cool, rich, and you have no friends. MTV has become the cool girl/guy in school. Unfortunately us 26-32 year olds are the people who new MTV before she/he was cool. Hopefully MTV will learn who its true friends are.

1:07 AM

Blogger hagbardceline said...

There are so many better time wasters than MTV nowadays. MTV is behind in the dustbin of my life.

Too bad, because it did help kickstart the career of many artists at one time.

I love what has happened in terms of choice and access to artists. Lets face it though, there are no new superstars breaking through to what used to be known as the big time in show biz. That is unless you wanna watch CMT.

Rock and Roll needs a better TV station than what is out there. There is such a breathtaking lack of a true outlet in cable TV for new bands. Someone with the money and cajones could really upstart the so called music stations if they tried.

1:27 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

MTV is no longer relevant at all - it's now some other channel - music videos, what are they? Music videos, I ask again, music videos? MTV? Many people at my school who are 20 ask MTV is still on the air, why? They don't play music? MTV is dead. 2008.

3:42 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

MTV Hits is a channel they use to air the videos now. But, not everyone has it. I too remember the days of growing up with the good MTV of the 80's and 90's. I am a 27 year old guy (maybe the same age as this author, or close)and I feel the same pain. I can't count how many times I've heard people say "Oh, wow, I've never seen the video for this before" in the last 5 years. You would think that someone could step in and take over the realm of TV that was once MTV. I've watched FUSE and a few others and at this seems that YouTube is the closest rival. But, they're on the internet.

6:44 AM

Anonymous Dr. Dank said...

I could not agree any more. I'm only 18 and I would never let my kids watch the BS displayed on MTV. It's sad when you have to watch MTV2 just too listen to music, which still is very limited.

9:28 AM

Blogger Philippp said...

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10:43 AM

Blogger Marcelo said...

Look at all of you. reminisce about the old glory days of MTV? MTV for god's sakes! Just take a step back and look behind yourself. See that hill? You went over it a long time ago.

Also if you had really think about what you were watching TV you would see that WE were the ones who laid the foundation for the programming that MTV now has. Umm remember the real world!? If teens are watching shows like that it's because when we were teens we loved shows like that. A show that came on over 15 years ago! MTV only puts on that their audience wants. So this generation of kids don't know MTV any differently than what it is now. The way we made it. If they put a piece of rotting flesh on there and it got huge ratings they would put it on there. ANY TV channel would.

1:23 PM

Blogger Caleb said...

There is a network in Austin that plays music 24 hours a day. Saweet concept that is worth checking out. They have a concert series that plays every night at 7 & 11pm. ME is a great way to find new music and hear the music that takes you back to "I remember where I was when I heard this song for the first time." TimeLine is my favorite show, however I love Autopilot and ME Live! ME actually plays music.

3:28 PM

Blogger G_RIZA said...

I think we can all agree MTV died a LONG time ago. So lets just say RIP-MTV 1981-2000.

11:58 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Without MTV I wouldn't know about My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Saosin, Madina Lake or any other great bands like that. Most of their shows are total trash...I agree. But when TRL comes on the music is still pretty good.

9:47 PM

Blogger Rich said...

The M stands for music?! I had almost forgotten! Ahh the days of our youth. Well at least we have the internet now. That counts for something, right?

12:07 PM


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