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MTV Should Drop "Music" From It's Name

"I want my MTV" is something nobody says anymore. Back when Micheal Jackson was the King of Pop, Madonna was shocking audiences and Hair Metal was the new style-trend, MTV was the quintessential authority on music.
You weren't a famous musician until you got on MTV. Now, MTV is a joke, a haven for pop-culture misandry, Teen Moms and Jersey Blockheads.
MTV should drop the M and just call itself TV, because right now...that's all they are.
When MTV debuted on August 1st of 1981 people were extremely excited. A channel just for music? Unprecidented. Kids who played guitar alone in their bedrooms, and headphone junkies who couldn't get through their school days without their walkmen gathered in front of the Television like a church congregation and viewed the new gospel of "music videos." A new medium for artists to communicate with unlike any other.
There would be an entire new culture dedicated to visual artistry to go along with the audio everyone loved. The first words uttered on Music Televison?
"Ladies and Gentlemen, rock and roll."
How badass is that? I wasn't alive, but just thinking about it gives me chills. Music, coming out of the dead airwaves of TV news and Soap Operas, connecting with a generation lost? Incredible.
MTV became the hub for music fans all over the U.S., showcasing cultural and popular phenomina from artists who never would have been heard of otherwise. Michael Jackson, Madonna, Blondie, The Who...pretty much everyone on the planet catered to the MTV audience by engaging with Music Videos.
Fans had more to watch, artists had more creative license. It changed the face of everything.
Video killed the radio stars, and ushered in a completely different form of music interpretation: multi-media.
MTV made these people stars.
There was music news, music fashion and shows dedicated to different genres.
Rap was represented, and so was rock and roll. Pop was king, but wasn't overwhelming and artists were able to break through barriers previously unavailable to them. Kids all over were being exposed to new music. And it made the world more beautiful.
Musicians work hard, and MTV rewarded them.
MTV made music.
I remember coming home after school every day in the early 2000's and watching Total Request Live hosted by the wonderfully deadpan Carson Daily. I longed to be one of the screaming fans outside the New York City studio.
The show showcased the top music videos in the nation. I remember getting excited to see my favorite bands like Green Day and Fall Out Boy get ranked on the show. Sometimes they'd be live in studio and get interviewed.
I looked forward to MTV every single day.

Around 2008 I started to notice a change. Slowly but surely the music was dying. I didn't see my favorite artists as much...things got weird.

Tanned people dancing and drinking became more frequent than rock and roll. Screaming twenty-somethings shoved into a singular house clouded the screen over pop-artistry.
I stopped watching MTV all together.The only reason I started in the first place, was because music was and is my life. I love it. I want the people who create the music I love to be readily available...on my TV, in my headphones...everywhere, because they make my world go round. MTV once gave them the recognition they deserved. Now they just parade artists around once a year at their ridiculous award show, and spend the rest of the time pretending like Music doesn't exist.
Today, the music is gone, and we watch for artists videos to reach a million views online. I guess it's the new way of doing things. MTV is now a vehicle for reality TV, as is much of media. Teen moms and internet dating are popular programming choices, as well as internet clip shows coupled with scripted shows about wolves and awkward teenagers.
Famed music reporter Kurt Loder, who broke stories like Kurt Cobain's suicide, has long since retired. These big moments in music aren't even talked about on MTV. Video DJ's like TRL's Carson Daily are a thing of the past. Hell, they didn't even air the Best Rock Video category at this year's VMA's. This isn't rock and roll...this isn't anything.
There is little to no music anywhere near MTV right now, save for the commercially absurd Video Music Awards, which basically laugh in the face of every artist and pit them against each other in categories that don't even mean anything anymore.
If you wake up early enough, you might be able to catch a music video or two on AMTV, the only music programming still available. Even then, they're cut short at the ends, not aired in any sort of rotation and only cater to the pop audience.
MTV should just drop the M, because they've got no business calling themselves music television. Either bring back the ideals of that renegade channel that debuted long ago...or change your name, because MTV doesn't make music.
MTV doesn't help artists.
MTV doesn't do anything.

MTV is just another reality TV vehicle set on a collision course to nowhere, and music deserves better.

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I'm sorry but as a generation who was brought up with mtv and vh1 as actual music tv I find it disgraceful they have turned from good music to idiocracy and stupid reality tv. create a channel mainly for these shows and give me back good music, metal bands, big hair, awesome solos and good music. oh I said that already. my bad. lol. like I said mtv and vh1 should pick up their balls and their roots and go back to what use to be and send stupid reality shows to their own channel.
@TessStevens They were for Me, I was 5 years old and I got to stay up until midnight to watch them with my Dad. I remember the great VJ's and being so excited when a new video was releaded. Watching Liquid Television like @DanRodriguez said all the amazing animation that was a work of art before all the CGI.
@DanRodriguez you're so right. There was a lot more emphasis on art and media as well. I think it's all lost on the instant generation anyway, but that doesn't make it right. That's why I'm saying to just change the name and brand. Give someone else a chance to make a better network for music. Fuse and VH1 tried but went the same route as mtv eventually
I remember getting all excited watching the buzz clips. Not only did they give musicians the spotlight but also young animators, like Peter Chung, with Liquid Television. So sad.
music was sexier then as well. guys looked better women were hotter (lol) I mean what guy wasn't "hot for teacher";-) or any girl not in love with sebastian bach... lol. and the music was music and guess what ppl! they actually played their own instruments.. and created frikkin awesome music and wrote their own lyrics. although I do enjoy much of todays music ( ugh including some country) ( don't judge me) I still find myself looking for those old classics.
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David Bowie, you are more than a musician to most. You are someone who gave every single person on this planet permission to be themselves. The idea of creation can only go so far as the brain will let you, and for some reason, Bowie, your brain just went a little bit farther than most. From early in your career, you were constantly pushing boundaries, as if to say, "Hey world, you can be whatever the hell you want to be, except boring." And that sentiment always spoke volumes to me. As a kid who was never on the right side of anything, it was an incredible feeling that someone who came before, was brave enough to blaze the trail for the rest of us. Especially considering the societal implication of being an alien at the time, you held down the fort, creating a legacy that nobody would ever touch. I wore glittery makeup and strutted around like I was from a different planet too, and sometimes people would say, "Huh. There's a touch of Bowie in you." I could only be so lucky. 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It took me a full 12 hours to realize that I was experiencing the stages of grief, and that I should give myself time and all of that...but you never gave yourself any time right? You never stopped for anyone. You accomplished more in your 69 years than most of us could in three lifetimes, and for that reason, I will continue on. I will not stop to cry or hold my breath. I will sit at the desk, cry on the keyboard and continue my journey. "I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring." Until then, I'll be holding down the keys, making sure that whatever tears that fall are not in anger or sadness, but celebration, that our world could even begin to hold such an incredible talent, spirit and genius. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. --Tess
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