While sitting at dinner last Thursday night, my friends and I were reminiscing about the good old days of TV shows like Hey Arnold, Ren and Stimpy, and Pete and Pete.
Then we got on the topic of MTV and how, at least back then, the channel used to play actual music videos.
I mean, it would make sense since the name of the station stands for Music Television. However, looking at MTV today, one would hardly think it was meant to play music from hot new artists around the world.
The MTV of today seems to focus more on the spoiled twenty-somethings living in California or New York.
Not only does The Hills get more and more annoying every season, it has absolutely nothing to do with music!
Even The Real World, which was not a bad show when it first started, has completely deviated from what MTV originally started showing.
I know The Real World did not have anything to do with music, but at least the show had substance and reality to its episodes.
Today’s version of The Real World basically shows a bunch of cocky guys and dramatic girls getting drunk and fighting while living a spoiled lifestyle.
That is not the real world, because if all you did was get drunk and fight people in real life, you would be in jail, not on TV.
Shows like The Real World annoy me now, but when the show first started the participants actually had to get jobs and complete activities together.
The shift from reality to spoiled TV has driven me to question just how dumbed-down TV has gotten over the years.
People would rather watch spoiled little girls complain about their Mercedes being the wrong color in My Super Sweet 16 or watch someone claim their life is so difficult, even though they live in the lap of luxury in Beverly Hills The Hills, instead of music videos.
Since when did watching spoiled rich kids become entertaining?
Weren’t those the kids in high school everyone disliked because they were so arrogant and needy, even though they lead fairly easy lives?
If MTV is going to keep showing spoiled twenty-year-olds, bratty teens, and drunken idiots fighting each other, they should change their name.
Music Television is a rather misleading name for a station that shows; well, little to no music videos at all.