Re: MTV and the music industry
Look no further than MTV's and Puff Daddy's "Making the Band" - which turned into a crappy female pop group known as "danity kane" - for evidence as to how MTV has influenced the music industry negatively.
"bands" are put together based on look - music is written by others for them to perform, and poorly IMO.
You really have to get beyond MTV to find good music these days. If you ever watch any of MTV's actual video channels, its the same ol' crap recycled hour after hour. Justin Timberlake, Christina Augilara, Shakira, Ciara, etc, over and over and over again. I think one night at a friends house I ended up hearing/watching the same video more than a dozen times on 2 of their channels within 4 hours.
MTV was my alter growing up as a kid, when there was only one MTV channel, and it actually played music vids.. now adays MTV is teh suck
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