Re: MTV and the music industry
I don't think MTV is the place where you go to look for the best new music anymore. May have been that way, back when you could watch shows like 120 Minutes, Yo MTV Raps! and Headbanger's Ball. But now you don't need to watch MTV for that when you can just as easily find that stuff online. Plus you don't have to wait around all day to catch that new video you were waiting to see. The MTV of today reflects marketing data that teenagers don't want a whole day of music videos. They'd rather watch a whole day of kids in their late teens and early 20s making fools of themselves on some reality show. I can remember when the Real World was actually a rather innovative idea and was compelling TV, just because they pulled a bunch of people from different walks of life, just to see how they'd get along. Once that got stale, they shifted to trying to find the most controversial people they could find. From what I hear, they've now resorted to finding the naughtiest people they can find.
I can remember when VH1 began, showing videos to cater to the baby boomers. It too went the way of ditching music videos in favor of reality shows and their ever popular nostalgia shows. But does anyone really sit around and watch music videos all day like they used to?
The one thing I miss from old MTV is Liquid Television.
Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.