October 19, 2001

The Daze Rant

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You have to love the concept of self-promotion, but does anyone else think that perhaps MTV has taken this to a level not seen outside the realm of politics? Of late, MTV has run more shows about MTV than they have about all other subjects combined, including music.

I swear, if I turn on the TV one more time and have to listen to Carson Daly extol the social virtues and sociological ramifications of the early days of the MTV Beachhouse, I’m gonna take a chainsaw to my television. The whole station seems to believe in the notion that MTV is the voice of a generation. Let me tell you something, if Jackass is the voice of a generation, we are in some deep shit.

I was watching the other day and MTV was doing the Say What Karoke? Send Off, which stands as quite possibly the worst show in the history of television. O.K., I stand corrected. There was Small Wonder. I do know, however, that Say What Karoke? has to be the worst show to ever run for EIGHT FULL SEASONS. Did you realize this? Say What Karoke? was on the air for eight years. Hell, Seinfeld was only on the air eight seasons. Just frightening.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. This is the same network that in the not-so-distant past cut off Michael Jackson’s Thriller video right at the scene where he’s surrounded by the zombies to run a new episode of Dismissed. In case you missed this new show … well, let’s just say you haven’t missed anything.

The amazing thing is, MTV actually gets away with this. Do you think E! would do a True Hollywood Story on the rise of E!? Would the History Channel do a show on the history of the History Channel? Could anyone even narrate that tongue twister other than Jack Palance? Is Jack Palance dead?

Speaking of things that are supposed to be dead and dismembered, but are still going strong, Microsoft is releasing its new operating system soon. Have you heard about this new Windows XP? Word has it that if you don’t report to the Microsoft gestapo within 60 days of getting the operating system, your screen will go blank. Imagine this, you get the XP disk from your roommate, forget to register and 60 days later you’re typing your final paper on the comparative biology of the Peruvian wombat and your cat Floofy when the screen goes blank. Permanently. Kind of like Macaulay Culkin’s career.

Speaking of the home video front, Star Wars Episode I came out this week on DVD, and apparently George Lucas added 12 new scenes to this “classic.” Unfortunately, none of them involved the untimely mutilation of Jar Jar Binks. Personally, I think it would’ve been kind of cool if Anakin’s pod racer had sucked him up into the engine right before the race. Jar Jar’s final words? “Mesa like staning in front uh da engine, mesa tink its AAAAAAAAGGGGGGHHHH.” You really dropped the ball this time, Lucas. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if the error is corrected in episode II.

Anyway, that’s about it from here. If you have 50+ free hours this weekend, I advise you watch the Godfather trilogy, just out on DVD.

In the meantime, enjoy the music of the Neville Brothers. I’m outta here.

Archived article by Charles Persons