MTV, Still Clueless After All These Years

Stanley Crouch is a columnist, novelist, essayist, critic and television weighed in on the 25th anniversary for MTV, and how the music network “revolutionized the making of films by acclimating its audience to the extremely fast crosscutting that had been pioneered in television commercials, where the faster the message arrived, the better.” In a biting editorial, Crouch remarked, “Of course, that is not the whole story of MTV, which also came to project the most dehumanizing images of black people since the dawn of minstrelsy in the 19th century. Pimps, whores, potheads, dope dealers, gangbangers, the crudest materialism and anarchic gang violence were broadcast around the world as ‘real’ black culture.” The article at has since been removed.

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