The Electric Commentary

Monday, July 04, 2005

I couldn't agree more.

MTV sucks out loud.


  • the "M" in "MTV" hasn't stood for "music" since, oh, I'd guess about the time of the original Live Aid broadcast in 1985.

    I would guess I've watched maybe one hour of MTV in the past 10 years. But before that I watched it regularly, and here's the thing that no pundit but every MTV executive seems to understand: They stopped showing videos 24 hours a day because that's boring. When I was 17 or 18, I'd turn on MTV when I just felt like relaxing. If it was showing a video, I'd change the channel, or at best I'd watch that one video and then find that the next one wasn't to my liking. If it was showing MTV News or Singled Out or Real World or My So-Called Life, I'd watch the whole thing, and if it was showing a marathon of those shows, I'd watch for hours.

    Complaining about MTV because you want to watch videos is like complaining about ESPN because you want to watch a sitcom. I don't watch MTV anymore, but that's not because it doesn't show videos; it's because I'm about to turn 29 and I've outgrown it. I can't fathom why so many people my age complain about MTV. We don't watch Nickelodeon anymore, either, but we don't complain about it because we understand that it's not meant for us.

    By Blogger MDS, at 12:54 PM  

  • "Complaining about MTV because you want to watch videos is like complaining about ESPN because you want to watch a sitcom."

    I think it would be more akin to Complaining about ESPN because I want to watch sports. After all, it is the sports network. And I do sometimes complian about ESPN when they show the spelling B or that movie about the guy with the mustache that drove his racecar into a wall.

    MTV is supposed to be the music station. It isn't. That's fine. I'm sure it does get higher ratings this way. But it should change its name to the teeny-bopper bullshit network. MTV 2 still plays videos and I watch it sometimes. I certainly would watch more of that than a Singled out Marathon. But I am not 13 years old.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 2:34 PM  

  • Plus he main point was that they should have showed music for the event calling itself "the greatest concert ever."

    I'm fine with MTV showing youth oriented crap, but if you're going to cover a concert, cover the damn concert. Very rarely have I been watching a reunited Pink Floyd and had a sudden desire to know what John Norris thinks.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 5:16 PM  

  • Ok, I thought that the ESPN / sitcom thing was just over my puny head. Anyhow, I would vote to change the name of the station to PopTV because that's really what it is. Not that this has to be a bad thing, but let's call a spade a spade. The last time I saw a video show on MTV (TRL) I might have heard 50% of the actual songs played, the rest of the video running time was interrupted by kids giving constant shoutouts (literally).

    According to what I'm reading, they seem to be spreading this model to all types of music coverage. Seems like a waste to me.

    By Anonymous Rashid Muhammad, at 8:06 AM  

  • The E in ESPN stands for "entertainment."

    By Blogger MDS, at 10:23 AM  

  • The M in MTV stands for "music."

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 3:42 PM  

  • Right. ESPN ignores the E; MTV ignores the M. One gets criticized; one doesn't. Why?

    By Blogger MDS, at 3:50 PM  

  • Because of the S in ESPN?

    Though at the risk of being pedantic, it's worth pointing out that neither the E or S in ESPN have technically stood for anything in 20 years.

    So yeah...

    MTV sucks ass.

    By Anonymous Rashid Muhammad, at 4:48 PM  

  • "Right. ESPN ignores the E; MTV ignores the M. One gets criticized; one doesn't. Why?"

    To some of us, sports ARE entertaining. In fact, to nearly all of ESPN's viewers sports are the BEST form of entertainment. The E and the S are one and the same. Neither is ignored unless they are showing that stupid movie about the guy with the mustache--at which point I criticize them for the same reason I criticize MTV. And I was not alone.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 5:06 PM  

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