Millions of teenagers all across Ameica watch MTV. In doing this, they have also depleted whatever reason and logic there is in the world.
MTV as everybody knows stands for "Music Television". Yet if you go to it you will see it is more like MACBSTV (Modern American Culture and Bullshit Television.) Why am I so striking on what used to be my favorite music channel?
Because if you watch MTV long enough you see it is not about music at all. It is all just another channel devoted to yuppiedom, sleaze, bad music and the American way.
MTV was created in the early 1980's because somebody discovered bands who had music videos to promote the sales of their albums sold at least 40% more records than bands without one. This piece of information sparked interest to make a channel devoted to and for music video and music news.
But like communism, this utopian idea attracted some bad vibes. Soon, MTV "creations" like Duran Duran were selling millions of records on MTV status alone. Pop-Metal (a la Warrant, Bon Jovi) began to dominate MTV as all videos then appeared to look the same, eithe they had dancers, blow-died guitarists with rollercoaster solos, o just dances and lights and ounds, occasionally with very unusual themes. MTV started to promote things that had nothing to do at all with music, with shows like "House Of Style." It even started it's own "movie Awards" showcase.
Hopefully, with the grunge and underground revolution of 1991, MTV slightly shifted it's focus to the more musical perspective, to the beliefs and perspectives of the people of the music scene (as they always did.) Artists then like Nirvana had an iconolastic, "FUCK MTV BECAUSE OF ITS CORPORATISM" attitude that inspired a musical and media revolution. While there were even more great relations with the musical/artistic values of the videos, there was still "House Of Style" and their own award shows, but they were strictly now MTV "traditions" that had to be shown. To show how equal, generous and balanced MTV was in the days of yore, they had different shows covering different styles of music. "MTV Jams" covered the rap/r&b circut, while on Saturdays at midnight MTV showed it's metalfest "Headbanger's Ball" program. Extra shows like "Beavis and Butthead" and the great "Liquid Television" offered viewers more variety and programmers more experimentalism. Slowly, more shows like "Lip Service" were being made. Shortly before this MTV made it's long heralded program, "The Real World". Change was on the horizon, but it was never imminent.
Then, it all changed.
It is said that "those who don't acknowledge the past are doomed to repeat it." Shortly after the death of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, MTV dropped it's iconolastic, indivdual qualities so excersised by the music scene then, and like it always has done, gave in to what is popular at the moment. They eliminated "Headbanger's Ball", "Beavis and Butthead" and other shows that defined the era, and even quit showing videos from bands that were not either rap, r&b, dance, or alternative.
It was around this time that it all rotted down. MTV invented the show "Singled Out", as well as an entirley new facelift that heightened all the worst values of the generation it is programmed to. How else can you explain the show, "My Life As a Porn Star"?? Or "Road Rules"?? What the hell is "Undressed" but a slinky sleazy perverted show that feeds the raging hormones of prubescent teens? MTV perfected it's patented, "PLAY IT TO DEATH" video formula, thus starting and ending the careers of bands like Eve 6, Marvelous 3, Third Eye Blind, dance groups Britney Spears, NSYNC (whom their record company paid an unclosed sum of money to play their smash hit "Tearin' Up My Heart" over and over again until it fabricatedly became the biggest shown video ever), Backstreet Boys, as well as shocker Marylin Manson (ending his career), and beginning the dawn of a new age in ultra-corporate rap where 3 weeks is the ultimate lifespan for any artist (a la DMX, Master P, Scarface, 2Pac, Keith Sweat, J-Rule.) They now have shows were you have to "guess" what objects are in a music video and other idiodicies like that.
MODERN MTV HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MUSIC, BUT IT HAS ALOT TO DO WITH CASH, SEX, MEDIA, AND VIDEOS.
Because so many teenagers watch MTV on a daily basis, they let IT chose the music for themselves. And what do they play now on MTV??
CRAP. SEX. BAD MUSIC. EXPLOITING AND ENFORCING BAD VALUES ON AMERICA'S YOUTH.
It has turned into what it was in the past. Exploiting trends (at least they were, "retro" at that time, right?) and MTV creations is what MTV has always done best. IT NEVER REALLY WAS MUSIC TELEVISION. REMEMBER, IT WAS CREATED FOR CASH PURPOSES ONLY. The sad thing is now, America's majority ideas perfectly represent all that being shown, exploited, and cashed on at MTV, Media Television. I say if the government wants to keep it's youth away from "corruptive entertainment" they destroy MTV first before attacking violent games, music, or movies. But MTV is the largest cable network in the world. It generates millions, almost billions of dollars around the world and in the U.S. It's almost like the government wants a cetain number of educated people.
At least there is still VH1, who are really in it for the music. "Behind The Music" kills anything MTV ever created. Or are they? Even VH1 is turning ever so rapidly to satisfy the teen mainstream audience... BECAUSE THE SAME COMPANY OWNS BOTH OF THEM.
Will Corporate Music ever die?? Yes, but only if MTV changes again, and realizes what it has done to the Music Business itself. But good music is not what anybody is interested in. Only a new "sensation" or trend is.
MTV's president said last year, after it was discovered more people watched MTV than ever before, that "people watch it for the music. The music is what made MTV so famous."
WRONG. MTV is what made MTV famous. MTV now is about the MTV generation, not the music. It has even become it's own corporation.
"You should never get your style
from watching MTV
all you get is fashion
what clothes are they wearing
or what drugs are they on
if I drove a Mercedes, would I be someone?
Lord, should I nail a Presley?
or should I be a member of the Manson family
it all seems so trivial but they call it marketing
exploiting the talent, Lord what a sinful thing." -Don't Wanna Be No MTV Motherfucker by Sublime.
An evil corporation trying to brainwash the youth that nothing except being popular matters, and that you have to look good to be of any value, or else you are worthless. They also try to make kids think that blink 182 is "punk", even though they play no actual punk music, most of it is just rap.
A facist organization that contributes to the brainwashing of american youth - forcing the following:
1. Fashion (bad fashion)
3. Eating disorders
4. Bad Music
eMpTyV is the devil in disguise. Boycott at all costs.
While in the public restroom, i heard 14 year old girls talking about the latest video on MTV and how it inspired them to throw up today's lunch.
The reason modern music is dead.
Ever since MTV existed, everybody starts to bleed internaly when music comes on.
Channel that was launched on 8/1/1981 on cable. It used to show non-stop music videos and had 5 veejeays in the early 80s. The 80s and early 90s were pretty good for MTV, until it suddenly became more about teen issues than music. Now it's one of the dumbest channels out there.
If you want real music then watch VH1. Don't watch this shit on MTV.
by anonymous Jul 7, 2003 add a video
A channel that turns America's teens into mindless fuckholes who group themselves in large masses and scream whenever they see one of their dumbass pop idols come out. Constant exposure to MTV has been known to turn guys into fags and girls into dykes. The most accurate record of this is when the slut Britney Spears kissed the bi Madonna on the MTV music awards and officially became a lesbo, although thousands of 50 year old crusty men beat their meat to it.
My girlfriend watched so much MTV that now she goes to SpringBreak each year and takes 100 cocks a day.
A deadly and evil entity capable of emitting powerful waves of superficiality that can reduce a teenager's brain mass into excrement in mere seconds. Disguises nefarious intentions of gaining wealth from the idiotic with incessant marketing/brainwashing. Research has shown that 98 percent of MTV's audience exhibit an IQ below that of a rotting corpse. Experts recommend immediate evasion of anything affiliated with MTV, including its viewers. Many a douchebag has been manufactured via watching MTV. Females hooked on MTV usually prefer to mate with douchebags rather than humans. The music shown on MTV represents the lowest grade of musical quality existing anywhere on Earth, possibly even the universe.
The solution to MTV? None. Let other people watch it so they can become dumber than you.
If you like MTV in its current incarnation, you are one of the following:
1.) An emo/punk fag
2.) A wannabe "thug"
3.) The only person on the planet that likes U2
4.) A preppy girl who looks up to Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, and JoJo.
There are many problems that people have with mTV nowadays; their constant playing of re-runs (usually of The Real World or Battle of the Sexes part MCLXVII), the fact that they barely ever play music anymore, and when they do, it's just shitty emo or some played-out rapper like Jay-Z. They are also way too concerned about you voting (for Kerry, anyway) and took all of their decent shows off the network like Jackass, Wildboys, and... huh, I guess that's it.
MTV is so bad nowadays that people are starting to miss Nu-Metal.