New MTV book: 'The Real World' killed music television
I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story Of The Music Video Revolution is a new book about our once-favorite network that I'm slowing making my way through. But NPR, which has quicker readers, has found one odd argument in the thesis: That The Real World reality TV show is responsible for the downfall of the music-video format that we fell in love with.
NPR disagrees with the notion, and so do I. However, I do believe that reality TV in general has blood on its hands. As I've said before, I feel it was the nasty tone of Remote Control, their first game show, that set the demise of music videos in motion. The Real World, as NPR correctly points out, had a documentary feel to it. There wasn't an ounce of Jersey Shore to be scene. That the format evolved (or de-evolved, more correctly stated) is beyond argument.
And ultimately, the statute of limitations has long run out for the murder of Music Television. Still, check out I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story Of The Music Video Revolution. It's a sound look at a period of time that changed so many of our lives.