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Well, it's been roughly a week since I moved into the new place. It's working out, I've already got a little color into the place to make it look like someone is really living here. *chuckle* Never mind the bathroom, that's definitely got my imprint on it now with a shower curtain of dolphins and other little appearance modifiers. Still need to get some posters or artwork up... that's next on the hit parade.

Work continues to go through some interesting motions. No doubt you've read the lastest over what's been happening. Fortunately, that's all far, far away from where I am, in a whole different division. Sure, it'll likely make some impact, but frankly I'm not too worried at this point, we're doing well enough for ourselves to keep on plugging away without any fears.

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I actually bothered to watch the MTV Video Music Awards a few days ago. What I saw was the most appalling display of idiocy, stupidity and outright ignorance I've seen in recent years. And that's just Chris Rock's opening monologue. And could someone please explain to me the current so-called fashion styles? I know rap artists have no sense of decency, but this was the sort of thing I'd expect on late-night programming on VIVA, or any of the German television stations.

Then again, we are talking MTV here. Taste, decency and intelligence are forbidden under their operating proceedures of late. After all, they gave us such cultural 'icons' as The Real World (staged programming to the hilt), Jackass (you too can be a total idiot), and Beavis and Butthead (quick, someone shoot me now.) Never mind the fact that they've totally forgotten the first word in their name over the last few years... MUSIC. It's like ESPN has suddenly remembered what the first word in it's name is... Entertainment. (For those too young to recall, ESPN stood for Entertainment and SPorts Network... much as MTV used to stand for Music TeleVision.)

But the Video Music Awards have never been about promoting what's good... just what's either 'hot' or 'hip' while forgetting that most of their award winners end up in the remainder bins of Tower and Virgin after a few years. Only once in a while will they make a mistake and actually give a Moonman to someone who deserves it.

So this year I expected them to make that mistake and actually show that someone there bothers to watch videos again. Especially for the Video of the Year award, since they had up for the award one artistic triumph against four forgettable artists. You would think that holding up Johnny Cash's rendition of 'Hurt' against those other videos would have wiped Justin Timberlake, Eminem, 50 Cents and Miss Elliot off the map.

Forget that idea. The voters, bless their brain-dead, infantile, soulless hearts, completely and totally ignored one of the founding fathers of rock and roll, and pushed Johnny Cash to the side. Instead, they embraced a video that was nothing more than a gimmick, of a song that was nothing more than a gimmick, Miss Elliot's 'Work It'. This was equal to ignoring the works of Kurosawa and Bergman at the Oscars and giving it to Adam Sandler. There likely are greater miscarriages of justice out there, but this one was definitely past 'travesty' and pushed 'obscenity' to the limit.

Perhaps one day MTV will remember what it's supposed to be. I'm not holding my breath, however, given what they've done to The Box (now M|2, which has also suffered a seriously nasty drop in quality over the past year.) And let's simply not mention VH1 (Video Hits 1... which is too busy playing 'I Love the 70's to remember what it's supposed to be showing as well.)

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grygon
Aug. 31st, 2003 09:24 pm (UTC)
MTV... yeck. Music Video Awards... double yeck. Watching those just reminds me why i don't much care for the Top 40 styles of music any more.
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