Today is the 25th anniversary of the launch of MTV, back in 1981, with “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Blogdom is, appropriately enough, full of people offering tributes and soliciting fond recollections of the days when they played music videos on MTV. See, for example, posts by Abel and Scalzi.
Just to be contrarian, here’s a space for a different sort of reminscence: When, in your opinion, did MTV pass the point of no return on the path that led to the current nearly-music-free channel?
My personal feeling is that while it became irretrievable with the launch of “The Real World,” the process actually began earlier, quite possibly with the game show “Remote Control.” While it seemed enjoyable at the time (hey, I’m a child of the 80′s…), it was actually the first step away from straight music programming.
What do you think?