Scott Ott (he of Scrappleface fame) has started a new site, this one serious:

I can certainly understand the motives behind it. Personally, I've not watched MTV since the early '90s, back when they actually put music videos on the airwaves. At the time, it was a brilliant concept. Actual music, on TV!

Then came "Yo - MTV Raps" and the end was nigh.

Now, it's all crap. "The Real World," in which a gang of poltroons are put into an artificial setting and act like idiots on camera. The only thing real about it is the idiocy. "The Osbournes," in which a burnt-to-nearly-vegetative rocker and his family are examined minutely... well, no, I can't say much about either of those shows -- I've never seen them, so all I know is what I read elsewhere.

No, I don't watch MTV. They lost me as a viewer a very long time ago.

MTV, in an effort to keep new crops of young viewers hooked, has taken the low road, into filthiness, into depravity. "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy," indeed. The recent Super Bowl flap was merely icing on the cake.

But perhaps it was a wake-up call to that generation of early MTV viewers who now are old enough to have kids starting to turn to MTV as their electronic babysitter. Folks, it's not the same MTV we watched in our youth. For us, it was "hair" bands - mostly harmless. Now it's "Girls Gone Wild" set to some sort of pre-fab electronic beat, and it's doing incredible damage to the young in our society.

Man, I feel old all of a sudden.

I could go on, but Scott does it so much better.


I kinda liked the first season or two of "Yo MTV Raps". Back then rap was first starting out, and it was inventive and interesting. Some of the rappers even had fun. Now the thugs have taken over, and extra-loud bass beat with hyperkinetic scratching account for the "music".

I'm surprised that the record labels don't get together and form their own video network for music videos. I can see one in the future on the Internet that would be like Napster, where you would see clips of music videos. If you wanted one could download it for a small fee. Who knows, they may have that now and I'm not aware of it - an out-of-the-loop "old man"!

Yeah, I remember watching the last "headbanger's Ball"; I knew that once Rikki Rachtman signed off, the battle was over, and MTV was lost.


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