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An Mtv executive is calling the manufactured tv pop idols valueless. Irony, sweet irony.

   Full story is at Yahoo News. Article was posted on November 25 by ChuckyG

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Jonathan C. - November 25, 2003 - Report this comment
Finally, someone at MTV with some brains. These American Idol-type shows insult the intelligence of viewers everywhere. They have their place, but it's not on TV.
ChuckyG - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
of course, if the program was on Mtv, and generating huge ratings for them, I doubt we'd hear them speak out against it.
Joeybear - November 26, 2003 - Report this comment
While I agree with the two previous comments, I think that the bigger point is being missed... There are a lot of people who make this nonsense possible. If the shows weren't such a ratings bonanza, they wouldn't be on the air anymore. All of which leads to the scary conclusion that most music fans wouldn't know real music if it snuck up and bit them on the behind.
Jonathan C. - November 27, 2003 - Report this comment
I didn't miss the bigger point, Joeybear. And you are correct to say it is scary that most of Americans don't have good taste in music. The reasoning is that there is nothing controversial in the way of sex, violence, or offensive dialogue, nor the slim chance that programs will turn up like "Who Wants To Marry A Multimillionaire?", which was highly rated but fell victim to the "unplanned rejection" syndrome. As long as they aren't rigged, pop-idol shows will continue. But if MTV did have one of "those" shows, and I was the executive, I would not even consider putting a "reality" show on the air, regardless its ratings potential.
kort - November 28, 2003 - Report this comment
i love it i don't care whatever other people talk about
@ssKicker - December 27, 2003 - Report this comment
It depends on how you define good music. Some people love manufactured artists. They might think that YOUR taste in music suxx0rs.
David Chrenko - December 27, 2003 - Report this comment
I think you're all missing the joke. From it's inception in 1982, MTV has been ALL about manufacturing and packaging artists. What do you think music videos are? - They're ADVERTIZING. It takes almost as much money to launch a successful music artist as it takes to launch a politician (I said "almost"). Financial backers, managers, entertainment lawyers, and record labels want to minimize the risk to their investment, so they "groom" the arttist. They create some kind of sellable image. Or they may decide to use studio musicians for the CD, because most rock musicians are inexperienced in a recording studio environment, and can't do a seamless recording in one or two takes. Time is money, and recording time isn't cheap. Don't kid yourselves - ALL your favorite artists, from the pretty boys and your Britneys to the grungiest metal and punk bands are manufactured. The bottom line isn't music - it's business.
Mari D - December 27, 2003 - Report this comment
Look what David Foster did to Chicago. You know how hard it is to get your soul back!

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