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tissa
Chicago Liberal, www.twitter.com/TinaIssa
12:29 PM on 08/24/2011
You know it is not the same watching videos on YouTube, on a computer screen. I remember when I was little watching videos on MTV, how excited I was to see a just premiered video on a huge tv screen. MTV also exposed people to music that might not be their choice, but you watched it anyway--and maybe even started to like it. Different bands from different times.

It was a good thing. Now all we have is Snookie.  It wouldn't hurt if they played a video now and again, people like seeing videos on an actual television screen--Comcast has videos on demand.


I feel bad that todays music fans only know YouTube as a video music outlet--only listening to "their type" of music and not being exposed to a wide range of music.  Nobody is well rounded anymore, it is sad...



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minerva117
The dog ate my micro bio.
01:24 PM on 08/24/2011
I was in college when MTV first took to the airwaves and it was beyond awesome to be able to watch music videos 24/7...........ahhhhhhh the good old days. YouTube isn't so bad tho, those of us who are open-minded click on the "suggested" vids and find a real gem every now and then.
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tissa
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03:50 PM on 08/24/2011
:-)
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DrMatt
Pro-American/Anti-Conservative
12:27 PM on 08/24/2011
MTV is hosting a Video Awards, yet the network no longer plays videos. What the....?
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Brent Beardslee
Montana liberalism at its best!
12:36 PM on 08/24/2011
Actually, This year nobody is hosting the MTV Video Music Awards, on top of the fact that the network still no longer plays music videos.

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MissFrijole
My bite is worse than my bark.
12:13 PM on 08/24/2011
I haven't watched a music video in a long time, in general...I didn't think bands still made them! Why are they getting awards for these obscure, mysterious videos that seem to have no outlet other than the Internet? Shouldn't the award show be on the Internet as well, then?
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Quark50
So it goes.
12:34 PM on 08/24/2011
OK Go makes a video every once in a while but they all seem to be aimed at the YouTube audience.
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DaniFoxy
Crazy girl from LA
12:12 PM on 08/24/2011
Who is this MTV?
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stape45
It IS what it IS!
12:25 PM on 08/24/2011
A 30-year-old mega-DJ, producer, etc.
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minty68
12:11 PM on 08/24/2011
I can't remember the last time I even watched this award show.
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Spock
You are completely, absolutely, illogical
01:11 PM on 08/24/2011
I've never watched the VMAs
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Madmac
12:05 PM on 08/24/2011
They could've got me. I was free that night.
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04:52 AM on 08/25/2011
If you're still free, maybe they'll give you a call. The 2011 VMA's has not taken place yet.
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lilly091
12:03 PM on 08/24/2011
I really liked Florence and the Machine last year. Any maybe the performances by Adele and Lady Gaga will be amazing. I'm looking forward to it!
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nsmavrik
Intelligence over Obedience
12:03 PM on 08/24/2011
The VMA's is a dead award show. The problem is that no one has come to claim the body yet.
11:55 AM on 08/24/2011
Not really a "bold move," as MTV's VMAs has gone host-less many times before (last time was in Miami, I think).
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jason9045
I like cheese.
11:45 AM on 08/24/2011
The VMAs may actually be approaching relevance again. Not because any of MTV's channels are showing videos again, but because Youtube has really opened up the music video as an art form once more.

Everyone gripes that MTV doesn't play videos anymore, so much so that it's just tiresome at this point to hear someone trot out that tired old trope now. But could they really start playing them around the clock again? I remember when I was younger watching MTV for hours at a stretch waiting for my favorite video to be played just once, because that was the only way to see it. Now I can dial up any video I want on Youtube and watch it and rewatch it till my little heart's content. There's simply too much competing for my attention, or the attention of today's younger viewers, to wait around for MTV to play your favorite video again.

Now I would say the VMAs are akin to the Oscars in that the awards are given out on a TV network for works shown in a completely different venue.
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nsmavrik
Intelligence over Obedience
12:01 PM on 08/24/2011
The VMA's are a joke, just as MTV is a joke.

They have absolutely NO relevance anymore. They have died a well deserved death. They will never bring their channel or music back to where it was with an existence that it had.

When I think about the many different channels that tried to compete with MTV for an authentic video channel, we should all be ashamed of ourselves by letting MTV destroy these other channels. If only we knew that MTV would turn into a $#itty, self-absorbed, anti-music channel, we would have abandoned it decades ago.
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Spacecowboy64
I'm sure you know where it's at.
12:09 PM on 08/24/2011
So, you will or will not be watching? :)
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jason9045
I like cheese.
02:08 PM on 08/24/2011
MTV just followed the money. Or, rather, Viacom steered MTV to where the money went. I imagine it would have been the same with any of the other channels.
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tissa
Chicago Liberal, www.twitter.com/TinaIssa
12:32 PM on 08/24/2011
so watching only your type of music is an "artform".

No, it is not. How many people will watch something out of their comfort zone?  At least MTV when it played videos, exposed us to a wide range of music types....

A computer screen is no subsitute for a television.  I do it because I have no choice, but it would be nice to watch something on a nice television screen..
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jason9045
I like cheese.
02:00 PM on 08/24/2011
We must have watched different MTVs. The MTV I remember segmented its programming by musical genre, with only the standout hits of any genre crossing over into the pop programming that made up the bulk of its day. But you'd know when 120 Minutes was coming on and you'd tune into that, but you might avoid Yo! MTV Raps if that wasn't your style.

If you just tuned in in the middle of the day, it was top-40 all the time, and MTV was terrible about playing and replaying the same handful of videos to death. If you weren't careful, during a three-week stretch in 1994 you might see the video for Weezer's Buddy Holly more times than you'd see the sun rise for the rest of your life.

I'd like to be able to just put a channel on and have it play videos all day like I used to with MTV, but I just don't know that such a channel would be commercially viable. Lord knows Fuse tries but there's still a whole lot on that channel that's not videos. They're just easier to access on Youtube and, while this is only beginning to be explored, has restrictions in terms of content and running time that Youtube is not subject to. I just don't know that there's room for anything like late-80s/early-90s MTV anymore.
11:42 AM on 08/24/2011
How does a network that doesn't play videos, or have anything to do with music, have a video music award show?
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EddieRascal5
Peace is the Way
11:36 AM on 08/24/2011
They could cancel MTV altogether and make it easy.

This is like ESPN hosting the Tony awards. ESPN shows as much theater as MTV shows videos.
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JoeMentia
They hate us for our Free Dumb!
11:35 AM on 08/24/2011
It used to be fun to watch, despite the fact that I didn't care for much of the music featured, because it was irreverent, didn't take itself too seriously and had moments of chaos where anything could happen. But within the past decade or so, it just got tired, stale and as predictable as everything else marketed to Generation X.
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minty68
12:13 PM on 08/24/2011
It's probably marketed to Generation Y by now. This Gen X'er routinely feels "old" when watching shows like this; I don't even know half of the performers.
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JoeMentia
They hate us for our Free Dumb!
01:24 PM on 08/24/2011
I don't feel old. I feel bored by the lack of creativity and over production. I still listen to a lot of music that came out in the past decade, but none of it will be honored by MTV or the VMAs. What is shown there now is nothing more than McMusic. It's product, not art.
11:32 AM on 08/24/2011
Remember when MTV actually showed music videos?! Those were the good old days.