MTV’s own reticence aside, we can think of another reason not to celebrate the past 25 years. Almost every behavior and image the station’s name conjures up is a reminder of cultural decline.
Think about it. The phrase “MTV generation” is routinely used to connote young people with the attention span of fleas and an insatiable appetite for the next thrill. The sort who wouldn’t care that MTV ran the same “news” two days in a row because the segment only lasted a few seconds anyway. The sort who can watch the channel’s sanctimonious public-service ads about environmental protection–do your part, save energy, they extol–and not recoil at the hypocrisy of such ads appearing during something like “My Super Sweet Sixteen.” That’s a show about spoiled rich kids preparing for extravagant birthday bashes that feature private-jet trips and $200,000 cars that definitely do not run on Ethanol.
Where MTV stands almost alone, however, where its influence on the culture is most obvious, is as a purveyor of what used to be called pornography. That’s “used to be” because what MTV has brought us–the rampant sexuality, the crude and debasing language, and the depiction of women as meat for the table–was packaged as pop entertainment.
I got my first spam comment today. I deleted it, so those of you looking for links about group sex will have to go elsewhere. Sorry for any inconvenience.
General note: i’ll only delete comments that are spam or in some way defamatory. or obscene I reserve the right to delete any comment I want, but don’t really want to do it ever. Please don’t make me.
Today is the feast of the Dedication of the Church of Saint Mary Major (or Our Lady of the Snows). Why does this day get a feast day on the global Catholic calendar> Read:
This feast commemorates the miracle of the snowfall that occurred during the night of August 4-5 in the year 358 on the site where the basilica now stands. According to tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared in a dream to two faithful Roman Christians, the patrician John and his wife, as well as to Pope Liberius (352-366), asking that a church be built in her honor on the site where snow would fall on the night of August 4-5. Pope Liberius traced the outlines of the church in the snow and the first basilica was built on that site. It was completed about a century later by Pope Sixtus III (432-440), after the Council of Ephesus in 431 during which Mary was declared to be the Mother of God.
Hat Tip: Amy Welborn
Actually giving birth to a child does seem very low on many people’s list of options these days.