MTV is now 30 years old and Keith Ablow has some really interesting comments about the network and about the culture it has formed over the last 30 years. He believes it has killed our imagination, added to our addictive culture, and is toxic to the brain.
Because MTV, more than any network, has ultimately traveled a path of removing Americans from introspection, empathy and reality. The mission to combine computer graphics with highly-produced, high-impact, rapid-fire minutes of video—an Uzi of synthesized entertainment—was, perhaps, too much like disseminating a drug. Perhaps the network got hooked and its viewers got hooked on anything easy on the eyes that could pump up the ego and provide a refuge from the complexities of life, from tough news, from real drama—ultimately, from truth.