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MTV teaching kids to read?

Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2007, at 9:19 AM

It appears that no ones favorite music television station MTV has reached a new level of idiocy. Now, in addition to the more colorful things they teach children, they've decided teaching them to read would be a nice addition to the stations almost music free lineup.

In addition to MTV, VH1 and CMT will begin rolling out lyrics at the bottom of the screen during music videos in November and expect to be in full swing by the middle of next year.

A recent story in Rolling Stone magazine made an interesting point on the issue. Given the type of videos they play the most, kids will probably be understanding just a little more than some parents want them to.

In some ways though, this is a neat idea because its often difficult to understand lyrics without a little help. However, that means we'll never hear some guy singing "'scuse me while I kiss this guy" again. In some ways, that friend who never knows the right lyrics will be sorely missed.

What do you guys think?

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Even the best of songs nowadays have lyrics I wouldn't want my kids to know! True...in some weird way, it's cute to see your 5 year old singing the lyrics to certain songs...Rockstar by Nickelback for instance...but, then it pops into your head what they are singing a/b, and the cuteness quickly fades away. Sure...there are more country songs that I wouldn't mind my kids knowing the words to...but who's to say they will watch CMT? I'm just glad that I don't have cable or sattelite. Then again...does it matter what MTV does w/ it's music videos? I didn't think they still showed those...hmmmm....

-- Posted by mrsdolphin on Wed, Oct 31, 2007, at 9:53 AM
Corey Noles' response:
We were discussing this morning when the downfall of MTV came. I remember a time in my life when I thought it was the greatest thing ever. That's how I found new music. I blame the downfall of MTV (and television in general) on The Real World, basically the first "reality" show.

I am a country music fan and mostly older artist, but did you ever stop and really listen to what they are really saying in a lot of those songs. If you do you will find that the G rating does not apply.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Wed, Oct 31, 2007, at 9:32 PM

Amazing how many country songs are about husbands cheating on wives, and wives cheating on husbands. Not very wholesome entertainment!

One of my current favorites, tune-wise, tells of a girl who destroys her boyfriend's car, while he's out cheating on her with someone else!

It's terrible, but the song is so catchy that I can't help liking it!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Nov 4, 2007, at 9:29 AM

Just thought of another example -- the Dixie Chicks song about killing Earl!! I love that song!

Do you think I need therapy???

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Nov 4, 2007, at 9:31 AM
Corey Noles' response:
Yes, Goat Lady, I do think you could use a little therapy. But, don't we all?

Maybe you need therapy. Don't we all, but not for liking country music. Those songs trick us all. Don't let your kids catch you listening to them. They will call you a hypocrit.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Sun, Nov 4, 2007, at 11:16 PM

Haha! Too late! My kids already know I like country music (and classical, and light rock), and they also suspect that I need therapy!!

Of the country songs I can't stand, the one that tops the list is "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town." ICCCCKKKKKK!

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Nov 5, 2007, at 6:56 AM

My favorite, Trace Adkins Honky Tonk Badonkadonk. If 50 Cent made that we would all be screaming. Of course he would have said it a little different, but it would have still meant the same thing.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Mon, Nov 5, 2007, at 8:13 PM
Corey Noles' response:
That's an amazing point. Actually, I think a rapper named Sir Mix a Lot did it in the 90's. Surely you've heard it. "I like big butts and I cannot lie..." or maybe Queen and "Fat Bottomed Girls" It's all the same song, each with a different generation or groups twist.

Hadn't really noticed it, but you are right and I kind of like all three versions.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Mon, Nov 5, 2007, at 10:21 PM

well i don't listen too much country anymore or rock or the other stuff thats out there.But mtv making it easier for are childern to learn the songs the (rap) stuff the ones with that f word in there seems kinda stupid too me.They hear them enough when there out in public its like people have no respect for people trying too raise kids that don't seat around the table cureing there parents and disrespecting other folks.MTV is off limits in my house...

-- Posted by lynn1979 on Fri, Nov 16, 2007, at 12:06 PM

I personally don't see the difference in what is available now. I watch everything with subtitles. But I don't really watch music videos- do the subtitles not work on music videos? That said... if the whole point of MTV doing this is to "teach" people to read then they're going to have a very limited and crass vocabulary.

-- Posted by vambfly on Tue, Dec 4, 2007, at 4:54 PM

That said, MTV is off limits at my house too. It's disgusting filth, and CMT is getting bad too with some of their videos.

There was a study recently that said that teenage girls who did not watch music videos, but just listened to the music and higher self esteems than those who watched the videos. I believe it.

-- Posted by vambfly on Tue, Dec 4, 2007, at 4:55 PM

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Corey Noles, staff writer for The Daily Statesman and Editor of The North Stoddard Countian, is the author of a regular baseball/St. Louis Cardinals column and also uses his blog to sound off on various happenings in sports. He also operates a weekly baseball mailbag column.

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