Essay about how MTV ruined the real music industry.

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“There used to be a way to stick it to the Man. It was called rock 'n roll, but guess what, oh no, the Man ruined that, too, with a little thing called MTV! So don't waste your time trying to make anything cool or pure or awesome 'cause the Man is just gonna call you a fat washed up loser and crush your soul.” (The School of Rock, 2003) Jack Black stated this quote in the movie School of Rock.

MTV started out in 1981 only to play music videos on television. This idea helped record companies sell millions of records and promoted the artist to extreme levels. At first these music videos brought many artists to massive success such as Michael Jackson and Madonna. Everyone started to become more and more creative with their videos only after a few short years. People already started to criticize MTV because it was giving people the visual short films instead of the real feature: the music.

MTV then started hosting their Music Video Awards show. In the later 1980’s, MTV soon started releasing programs such as news, game shows, reality TV, cartoons, and other types of programs that were not always music related. Their ideas also changed much of the television we watch today.

The main reason why MTV was so successful was because when it started out they exposed the most popular rock stars of our parent’s age group. Now, it’s changed to following celebrities and their marriages, random people thrown in a house to see what happens to them, and game shows of who can insult someone’s mother better then the next. The only music videos shown on MTV now are at 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM called MTV Video- Wake Up and on TRL at...