Way back in 1981, might have been 1980, I could look it up but I won’t, the first Music Television Video channel or MTV as it was popularly called was born. When first introduced it was a huge success with the younger people and why shouldn’t it, it was pretty cool. I dug it. Music videos were all the rage at the time. One thing I do remember is the first video aired because it is a great memorabilia question, the video was “Video Killed the Radio Star”. By who I can’t say. Hope that’s not part of the question when I’m asked. Anyway when I stroll around the dial at night I frequently go past MTV and honestly I can’t remember the last time I saw a video playing, I don’t think they play them anymore. A music video channel and no music video’s. Go figure! Anyway what I do see is usually some young people with tattoos up the butt sitting around some house, apartment, bar, or wherever, bitching about someone, what someone did or said to them or someone they know, and in general they look pretty miserable while doing it. The house or apartment their sitting around in is usually pretty nice, but messy, so someone gave them some pretty nice digs to do their bitching in. Sitting around is an understatement here. If any of them went to school I’m sure they majored in sitting around. One thing I never hear them bitch about is anything related to school, work or working, a job, or really any kind of responsible thing a young person would normally bitch about. No they bitch about Johnny because he danced with Mary last night at the club while Joey was doing shots with Billy at the bar?!? Or some lame crap such as that. Duh! The good thing in all of this is that if a parent wanted to use MTV as a learning tool and teach their children all they needed to know about succeeding in life in all situations MTV is the place. They could sit them down in front of the TV for 4-5 hours with MTV playing, and tell them not to ever do any of the things they see. I once knew a girl who used to watch a show similar to what I described above called “Real World” and I told her that show in no way represented the real world. The video channel is killing our young folks!