Let’s be frank: when the best programming your television channel has to offer shows when everyone is asleep, then there is definitely something wrong with what your station is showing. MTV is the station in question and there is no doubt that the once haven for rebellious or merely expanding youth has plummeted in terms of respectability due to a lack of quality programming.
MTV is not completely without any sort of interesting or intelligent programming. True Life, which is a documentary series which has been showing since 1998, is by far the channel’s best show. Even considering that the channel is mainly around for entertainment purposes, True Life can be entertaining, humorous, engrossing and downright engaging. Topics on the show range from sumo wrestling to heroin addiction while running the gambit in between. Rather than merely showing the high life of entertainers to go along with music (which has become a staple for Vh1) True Life provides a welcomed deviation from the pop culture rhetoric.
However, aside from True Life and a few other shows, MTV has shown absolutely no shame in their product. One such show is Next, which involves one person going through five others to find a date. The show was apparently MTV’s entry into the reality dating phenomenon that was sparked by Blind Date. Scripted comments are common, which has lead to accusations that the show is completely scripted, not just a few comments here and there.
MTV also produces a host of reality TV shows dealing with mostly privileged young adults that are obviously stuck up beyond belief and immersed within their own respective universes. However, these shows have clearly collected an audience as My Super Sweet 16 has been pushed to only include extravagant parties for the most spoiled brats that high society has to offer. Most of these children would do good to be stuffed in a box and shipped to Antarctica for a few weeks. Laguna Beach is another prime example of spoiled children that are only being furthered deluded by indulging themselves with a television show. The only true purpose that this serves is creating a new generation of celebrities that are famous for simply being famous. The new Paris Hiltons are already in training, and more likely than not your children are watching them. Sadly, MTV is continuing this trend with Maui Fever and The Hills.
The Real World, one of MTV’s staples for over a decade, sometimes does fall victim to the thirst for drama-induced ‘reality’ television. While the show is genuinely entertaining, it can also become a breeding ground for people to see just how ‘person A’ is going to react when they found out what ‘person B’ did and how ‘person C’ is going to interfere with their own two cents.
The sad fact is that people genuinely eat this kind of stuff up and thirst for more every night. It kind of makes Simon of American Idol not look so bad when people tune in to watch him dismember someone’s esteem and pride.