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Fox Network at 25

STEPHON JOHNSON: FOX was able to cater to the younger generation better than anyone except for MTV. Was that a good or a bad thing?

CHRIS PUMMER:The really creative stuff in the Internet Age is all finding a much smaller niche than what big broadcast networks are by definition. So I think for sure Fox, being that network that broke into that club, probably will be the last of its kind. Continue reading

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The Future of Radio

NAVA BRAHE: As an old college radio station alumna (Kingsborough Community College’s WKRB), I went through a period where I was deluded enough to think I could have a career in radio. That was during the mid-8os, just after MTV signed on, and “Video Killed the Radio Star”. I met a lot of great people, many of whom I’ve reconnected with thanks to social media, and I had a damn good time. Did I ever work a day in the business? No.

CHRIS PUMMER: Radio is dying because it sucks. Because the great local disc jockeys aren’t as local, which means they aren’t as great. Continue reading

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Looking Back At Alternative Nation

STEPHON JOHNSON: Steven Hyden’s series was a fantastic set of first-hand commentary about being a fan of rock in the 90′s. But what about those who were just a few years younger than him?

CHRIS PUMMER: Hyden has it exactly right in the end. There’s no sweeping cultural or political awakening that’s ever propelled by any musical trend. The music is just the soundtrack for our lives.

Now we should consider if the 90s were the last time that soundtrack would be the same for so many people, or if we will always be splintered into different segments from now on. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Skins

JILLIAN LOVEJOY LOWERY: How about all of the hype over MTV’s Skins being child pornography?

JESSICA BADER: I saw the first episode, and while there are some problematic aspects to the show (there was a scene in which the main group of characters accidentally drove a stolen car into a body of water and all emerged unscathed), it’s rated TV-MA. Nobody’s tuning into the show unaware that there’s content that’s inappropriate for younger viewers, and for all the hype over how they consult with actual young people to ensure realistic dialogue, the show just isn’t that good, and I refuse to believe that teenage slang circa now is as labored as it was made out to be in that first episode.

MOLLY SHOEMANN: I kind of feel like they want people to think that they took that Fiona Apple music video where all the sexually ambiguous Abercrombie teens are naked in the hot tub and the hotel room and turned it into a sitcom. Continue reading

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Taylor Swift: Entertainer of the Year? Really?

CHRIS PUMMER: Bland with a backstory is the only thing that the old forms of big media are hocking these days. Probably because with so many folks tuning out, it’s the only thing left with a bankable profit margin. And that’s why Entertainer of the Year probably doesn’t mean what it did five years ago. For sure not what it did 10 or 20 years ago, when breaking through on TV and the pop charts meant you really reached everybody.

STEPHON JOHNSON: Taylor Swift winning AP Entertainer of the Year? There’s an app for that. It’s called Kanye West Continue reading

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The Real World: Generational Zeitgeist OR Truth is Stranger than Fiction, and Nakeder

JEFF ELDRIDGE: From grunge to Girls Gone Wild — Real Word, c’est moi.

MOLLY SCHOEMAN: The Real World inspired a number of timeless Reality TV classics for which I am grateful. Continue reading

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