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I Fucking Hate MTV

I fucking hate MTV.

Oh, by the way, in case you haven’t noticed, I’m cranky and tired and pissed off. I have a 10am statistics class this quarter. This means waking up at 9am, no more sleeping in until noon.

So I have a lot of anger. And I will vent it by bitching about something pointless and cliche, like MTV.

I’m starting to think that the “mellowing” I’ve gone through between high school and college has been entirely due to increased sleeping hours. Because I’m just one angry bastard when I don’t get to sleep in all day.

Anyway, as I was saying, I fucking hate MTV.

“MTV Gets Down With Downloads” -

“Music television is about to expand to the Internet, as all five major labels announce a new retail service that will allow consumers to purchase digital downloads through MTV’s online network.

The downloads will initially be sold through the MTV Radio and VH1 At Work streaming stations, which use Rioport’s Pulse One Media Services delivery system.

When listeners hear a song they want to purchase, they can click on a buy button and immediately purchase a secure download.”

So as MTV is shoving the same bad video down your throat for the eighteith time, you can reach out and throw money at them and immediately get a “secure” digital version of it. I’m frothing at the mouth in anticipation.

I took a look at MTV Radio, figuring it would probably be a rough indication of things to come. I selected their “MTV2” channel, assuming it would have better music. And in all fairness, I have been exposed to some really great music from MTV2. My experience with MTV2 radio was as follows:

  1. Radiohead's - "Idioteque." Blah blah blah everybody loves Radiohead they're musical geniuses blah blah blah. Bunch of talentless pretentious fucks with an unreasonable hatred for their audience as far as I'm concerned. And I hate Kid A. I hit the skip button.
  2. Snoop Dogg. I didn't bother to check the song name. While I'm down with Dogg and Dre (WEST SIDE!) I just was not in a gangsta mood.
  3. A ludicrous "call to action" about MTV's hate crimes. "If you want to stop discrimination blah blah blah blah" I looked for the skip button but it was disabled. I immediately closed the window.

So, that’s what we have to look forward to: trite, overplayed bullshit interspersed with MTV’s political agenda shoved down our throats. (1)

I know the music industry fucking sucks and radio is still ruled by payola and not dj’s and that the culture business is disgusting. Which sucks, but this really, really bothers me.

MTV already has nearly complete control over popular music aimed at the youth of America. Their grip on the culture of this country is astounding. Now we already know that they use their power for evil, but shit, at least they weren’t selling the music they played. That’s beyond a conflict of interest. Don’t we have laws against this sort of thing? Shouldn’t we?

Oh, and it gets worse:

“The service will initially have 10,000 tracks available, with singles selling for $1.99 and albums selling for $18.98. Consumers will have a variety of rights in terms of how they get to transport the music, depending on which label the music comes from. While not discussing specific details, Long said consumers would be able to move their files between devices and retrieve copies of music that might have been inadvertently lost or deleted.”

Long did say that users wouldn’t necessarily be able to burn CDs after purchasing music. Each label has its own policy for that.”

Pay premium prices - and waive your fair use rights! Kids, grab mom and dad’s credit card today!

I fucking hate MTV.

1. On a side note: hate legislation is utterly ridiculous. Sure, everyone is against hate and everyone is against crime, but attempts to legislate mandatory penalties and take power away from judges is moronic. There are always exceptions; there are always times when circumstances demand a judge do something outside of the norm. Forcing kids to be tried as adults, mandatory sentencing, all these things make legislators look like they are doing something about serious problems, when all they are doing is mocking our already troubled legal system.)

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