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Where’s the Music? MTV at 30

For those of us old enough to remember the first broadcast, it’s hard to believe MTV turned 30 years old today.

The channel is like a kid in a comic strip: it never ages, and as one gets older, its appeal fades. Most people from Generation X say they cannot not even sit though a whole episode of it’s number one runaway hit “Jersey Shore.” It doesn’t matter. Like the artist it made famous, Madonna, it is a cultural chameleon, changing itself all the time to attract that top demographic of 18- to 34-year-olds. Mashable says the channel ushered in an a new vehicle for spreading the word about new music.

“Almost overnight, the music video became one of the most important promotional and marketing vehicles for the music industry,” the site says. Others say it has not lost its edge or its brand, by continuing to offend older folks (Jackass, for example).

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Ebert’s Comments Came Too Soon

Ryan Dunn

Roger Ebert is back on Facebook, but he was MIA for a while this morning following complaints about a post Ebert wrote after news broke of the death of Jackass star Ryan Dunn.

“Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive,” he wrote. Dunn’s Jackass co-star Bam Margera was among those angered by the post. (“…fuck you!” were among Margera’s choice words.) But others agreed with Ebert. Dunn posted a picture of himself holding a drink in the hours before his death. A toxicology report, which will be complete in the next four to six weeks, will determine if alcohol was involved with the accident.

A Facebook spokesperson told EW.com that the action had been an error. On his blog today, Ebert stands by his statement, but says, “I don’t know what happened in this case, and I was probably too quick to tweet. That was unseemly.”

“People don’t need truth bombs when they’re grieving,” a commenter wrote on the blog.

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