Earlier this week, Van Toffler, the president of MTV told a gathering of the Hollywood Television and Radio Society that his cable television network was pushing Generation X out. I have a news flash for Toffler. We dumped the network a long time ago.
We’ve known for years that they’re moving on from that pesky “music” moniker, of course, but MTV is now ready to give the boot to the very generation that arguably created their success, as well. “We’re pushing Generation X out,” said MTV Networks President Van Toffler at today’s Hollywood and Radio Television Society luncheon in Hollywood’s Hyatt Regency Century Plaza (via Live Feed). “We’re slaves to our different audiences, for MTV that’s millennials, who are vastly different than Generation X; they’re definitely less cynical — they’re more civic minded.”
I know, I know you’re already reaching for your blog platform’s “create new post” button, but hold your horses, there’s more: “Millennials are really about authentic reality and family,” he speculated, musing later that the network “played up the camaraderie and family elements [on ‘Jersey Shore’].”
So, what’s your favorite music video of all time? Here are a few of my top MTV favorites from the 80s.
- Nikita by Elton John
- Like A Prayer, Madonna
- Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper
- Glory Days, Bruce Springsteen
- Do You Really Wanna Hurt Me, Culture Club
- Life In A Northern Town, Dream Academy
- You Might Think, The Cars
- Every Breath You Take, The Police
- Borderline, Madonna
- Material Girl, Madonna
- Thriller, Michael Jackson
- Billy Jean, Michael Jackson
I wonder if I’m the only one that ever wonders what happened to Nikita. Her name was Anya Major and she was a British actress. She also starred in 1984, a commercial fro Apple Computers.
I wish it were 1986, again, so I could do things differently and live the life I was inspired to live when I heard this song, Life In A Northern Town. It’s not so much that I am full of regret. I just see that I didn’t take many risks and in playing it safe, things didn’t turn out the way I thought they would.