August 3, 2011, - 11:34 am

HA! Former MTV VJ Adam Curry Promotes Schlussel Column TRASHING MTV

By Debbie Schlussel

Remember former MTV VJ Adam Curry?  He apparently agrees (at least, in part) with the piece I wrote against MTV on Monday, the 30th birthday of the cable network, Monday.  Yesterday, he tweeted–quoting from and linking to–my column on the topic, and it was retweeted by several of his followers.  (Join me on Twitter.)  See the tweet below.

When I wrote about MTV’s 30th birthday, I mentioned (as I have on MTV’s 25th and 20th birthdays) that even some of MTV’s original VJs–particularly, Martha Quinn and Nina Blackwood–said they wouldn’t let their kids watch MTV.

Looks like Curry sees it for the garbage heap it’s become, too.  He’s a popular early pioneer of podcasts and calls himself “The Podfather.”  But, while he is smart, don’t take this as any indication that I agree with his politics.  Curry endorsed Ron Paul in 2008, and he refers to America as “Gitmo Nation West.”

Thanks to reader Super Leone.


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17 Responses

People are starting to come around, Debbie. Nice job.

DS_ROCKS! on August 3, 2011 at 11:48 am

Someone famous said that if you’re not a socialist at 18 you don’t have a heart and if you’re not a conservative at 30 you don’t have a brain…..somewhat along those lines, and it seems true…

Gino on August 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    You are thinking of Winston Churchill who said: “Any 20 year-old who isn’t a liberal doesn’t have a heart, and any 40 year-old who isn’t a conservative doesn’t have a brain.”

    Who also said “The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.”

    and “We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out”


    Stiff Old Brit on August 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm

How ironic that some who were involved in the launch of MTV wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole today and won’t let their kids near it, either. Can’t say I blame them!

Alan on August 3, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Yeah, because it’s absolutely undeniable the utter garbage MTV is.

We all have our guilty pleasures and we all have our intellectual delights, but when one is right, they are RIGHT. And DS is right on this.

I am very much on par (prolly 100% so far) with her cultural critiques and I hafta to say it is VERY refreshing to see someone who is not only outspoken about their beliefs, but also unapologetic about it.

And those who don’t know like to think that to think as DS does one must be a stodgy, old stuffed-shirt, but those who know this website well know that DS has very eclectic and fun tastes.

One does NOT have to be a Liberal to love art and some real zany forms of that. I love that I am a strong Conservative but love off-the-beaten-track things. This website is a home for us who like are politics strong and our interests interesting!

Skunky on August 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Amen, Skunky.

    JeffE on August 3, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Personally, I’d try to be overly friendly with Adam Curry. He’s really stating the fact the the internet (namely, YouTube, Vimeo, various entertainment websites) have supplanted the traditional 20th-century media.

Obviously, to lure people back to the boob tube, the MTV networks have to resort to moronic reality programming and borderline pornography. The tactic may be working, but not in a good way.

I admit: I grew up on music television. I got my taste of Bauhaus, Killing Joke, A-ha via MuchMusic (the Canadian MTV). But obviously the any VJ must have seen the writing on the wall and realised that any broadcasting entity cannot thrive on music videos alone.

I would say that in the end, the concept of an all music channel has become a magnificently epic failure. The old ways of being turned on by new talent – by word of mouth – have returned in form of internet buzz, blog/vlog postings, and good old promotional hype. Correct me if I’m wrong, but in the area of fine arts and pop-culture (both good and bad), but people are finally starting to have the power. We are becoming the industry.

Which means that Skunky can fulfil her dreams of setting up a conservative hardcore-emo site. :p (Just kidding. Right?)

So I agree with DS and Adam Curry. Long live the interwebs.

The Reverend Jacques on August 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    LOL, Rev! Loved your reference to Bauhaus and Killing Joke!

    Two of my favourites from the 80’s…and I know you know the KJ song “Eighties”….

    Skunky on August 3, 2011 at 9:52 pm

When MTV starts putting on shows like “My Super Sweet 16” (Which glorifies some pretty nasty and very useless spoiled brats), “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant” (Both of which glorify the societal trainwreck of Teenage pregnancy) you know their quality has slipped so much that the whole channel is a trash bin.

UCSPanther on August 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm

If you ask me, MTV’s biggest crime was establishing lip-synching as some sort of “art form.” Up until 1981, it was merely regarded as a cheesy way for performers to plug their latest record without having to rehearse.

Irving on August 4, 2011 at 12:43 am

I am a big rock fan of the 80s, 90s, 00s and now. MTV is a liberal endoctrination center for the young masses. You have to go to Pandora or to find out what is being released for current music. Hell even FM stations have thrown Rock under the bus. I got to go back and listen to unreleased songs of previous bands to find “new” Rock music.
MTV was the worst thing for music just like the History Channel was the worst thing for history.

CaliforniaScreaming on August 4, 2011 at 1:58 am

I wouldn’t shed a tear if MTV died out. Good thing there’s VH1 Classic.

Rocky Lore on August 4, 2011 at 11:01 am

And yet Beavis and Butthead is coming back to that channel. It’s probably the only thing I’d watch. But because of what MTV has become..which is anything but music, we’ll see how long that show lasts.

Squirrel3D on August 4, 2011 at 11:55 am

MTV is on longer needed. Just about all TV is MTV’s children.

Reality shows, the E!TV/People culture. That’s why the country is in the current mess. The MTV chickens have come home to roost.

Nobody under (and many over!) 30 believes you have to work. You’ll be famous and rich by being a character, like The Hills or the Kardashians. You don’t even need to sing, just look at Britney Spears. Just have the flash.

MTV is why we have a kiddults culture. Girls in their 30s want to do nothing but party and post the pics on Facebook.

Jeff_W on August 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Wonder if he spent any private time alone with Freddy Mercury backstage

Howard Greenstein on August 4, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Adam Curry’s a good dude, I remember him mocking Ice Cube’s(idiot) video after it played by saying, “I didn’t even have to use my A K”…in a really disgusted manner. I liked him after that, he obviously isn’t one of those butt-kissing PC types.

David Lanham on August 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I know this was a number of years ago but I hope you still don’t think Adam Curry is “smart.” This guy is promoting every insane conspiracy theory known to man. I don’t know how someone like John Dvorak can do a podcast with this idiot. Dvorak is a liberal but I always enjoyed listening to him talk about tech stuff. I wonder how many idiots are listening to his conspiracy podcast every week. Half of them are probably racist lowlifes. I was just arguing with one of them on Youtube. Some Jew-hating lowlife from Florida.

Daniel Middleman on May 26, 2017 at 11:45 pm

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