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23

May

Stand firm for what you believe in, until and unless logic and experience prove you wrong. Remember, when the emperor looks naked, the emperor is naked. The truth and a lie are not ‘sort of’ the same thing. And there is no aspect, no facet, no moment of life that can’t be improved with pizza.

10

Mar

How would you get along in a world without sound? Imagine if you had never heard the way your own name sounds.

I wish I could have gotten the specific clips of Chris hearing noise for the first time and going to school to explore the next day. Also, I like the scene where he hears his girlfriend say his name for the first time. I really like the True Life series on MTV. It sort of reflects early successful attempts by MTV to make relevant reality television, which is why this serves as a nice followup to my last post about The Buried Life. I have a few favorite episodes, but this one is definitely a standout.

I like the girl’s story of learning to dance without ever hearing music, just vibrations. More so, I like the boy’s story. Chris is a high school student who was born deaf and has opted for an implant that will allow him the ability to hear. You really need to watch it for yourself, which is why I’m posting a link to the full episode on MTV.com below, but you can sort of get a feel for it from the trailer above.

I guess I had never even thought of the fact that if a deaf person were to be given the ability to hear, they would still need to learn language. Also, I think Chris is especially interesting because everything from his style and school friends to his guitar playing father suggests that music would be a big part of his life, yet he had never heard a note prior to receiving his implant. His initial reactions to sound are priceless. Do yourself a favor and at least skim through the full episode because it’s really something worth watching.

True Life: I'm Deaf full episode via MTV.com

09

Mar

Issuing in an era of a new more socially conscious programming, MTV ended it’s premier season of The Buried Life tonight. The show captures a few months in the life of four twenty-something best friends with one big question, “What do you want to do before you die?”
For every task they cross off of their own list, they help someone else cross one off of theirs. Of course while the boys’ tasks are always free-spirited and fun, the person they help is usually in need of some actual help. Hence, MTV’s attempt at new programming for an “Obama era.”

The boys started the project a few years ago to inspire their friends. Somewhere down the line, they started filming and documenting their endeavors and, after some press, they inevitably started receiving some television offers. Apparently, they declined until they were offered a deal that would allow them complete creative freedom… enter MTV.
Moving away from critically panned superficial reality is a great idea for MTV. I don’t think they necessarily have to go back to being absolutely music oriented, as they were at birth, as most people suggest. I think the entertainment industry is so intertwined and twisted at this point, and ratings for reality prove more lucrative. The somewhat new music captioning feature used to alert viewers as to what song is playing in the soundtrack during series episodes was a great call. Also, MTV has brother channels that are entirely music oriented, and I think that’s enough.
I know there is some criticism surrounding The Buried Life and MTV’s guardianship of the series. Obviously, if MTV puts its logo on something, it needs to have some input. Apparently, nothing is staged or scripted, and I actually do believe that for once. That being said, I think it’s a lot easier to do things like breaking into the Playboy Mansion and throwing the best party of all time starring Naughty By Nature when you’re surrounded by an MTV production crew. Then again, these boys also helped out a lot of people this season as part of their MTV television show. Also, lets not forget that when you film a TV show you need permissions from anyone shown and that could have been a hinderance. I do believe, though, that people are more willing to open up and meet new friends than most assume, so while the allure of cameras may be an incentive to approach the boys of the show, and to take part in their shenanigans, I think of it as more of an ice breaker than a deal breaker.

The point of the show and the project is to inspire people to get out and do something with their lives, and that’s what really counts. Considering the demographic to be American high school kids, I don’t think that’s a bad idea at all. Growing up in this sort of social atmosphere, I don’t think young people are encouraged to dream enough anymore. In addition, I think sensibility is the absolute wrong direction to move in.
That safe and secure desk job you always had stored somewhere in the back of your head just in case your dreams flop isn’t there anymore, so is there even an excuse to fail? Use this to your advantage because all you have are your dreams. The Buried Life is a testament to what a little self belief can do when paired with a whole lot of charm.

Issuing in an era of a new more socially conscious programming, MTV ended it’s premier season of The Buried Life tonight. The show captures a few months in the life of four twenty-something best friends with one big question, “What do you want to do before you die?

For every task they cross off of their own list, they help someone else cross one off of theirs. Of course while the boys’ tasks are always free-spirited and fun, the person they help is usually in need of some actual help. Hence, MTV’s attempt at new programming for an “Obama era.”

The boys started the project a few years ago to inspire their friends. Somewhere down the line, they started filming and documenting their endeavors and, after some press, they inevitably started receiving some television offers. Apparently, they declined until they were offered a deal that would allow them complete creative freedom… enter MTV.

Moving away from critically panned superficial reality is a great idea for MTV. I don’t think they necessarily have to go back to being absolutely music oriented, as they were at birth, as most people suggest. I think the entertainment industry is so intertwined and twisted at this point, and ratings for reality prove more lucrative. The somewhat new music captioning feature used to alert viewers as to what song is playing in the soundtrack during series episodes was a great call. Also, MTV has brother channels that are entirely music oriented, and I think that’s enough.

I know there is some criticism surrounding The Buried Life and MTV’s guardianship of the series. Obviously, if MTV puts its logo on something, it needs to have some input. Apparently, nothing is staged or scripted, and I actually do believe that for once. That being said, I think it’s a lot easier to do things like breaking into the Playboy Mansion and throwing the best party of all time starring Naughty By Nature when you’re surrounded by an MTV production crew. Then again, these boys also helped out a lot of people this season as part of their MTV television show. Also, lets not forget that when you film a TV show you need permissions from anyone shown and that could have been a hinderance. I do believe, though, that people are more willing to open up and meet new friends than most assume, so while the allure of cameras may be an incentive to approach the boys of the show, and to take part in their shenanigans, I think of it as more of an ice breaker than a deal breaker.

The point of the show and the project is to inspire people to get out and do something with their lives, and that’s what really counts. Considering the demographic to be American high school kids, I don’t think that’s a bad idea at all. Growing up in this sort of social atmosphere, I don’t think young people are encouraged to dream enough anymore. In addition, I think sensibility is the absolute wrong direction to move in.

That safe and secure desk job you always had stored somewhere in the back of your head just in case your dreams flop isn’t there anymore, so is there even an excuse to fail? Use this to your advantage because all you have are your dreams. The Buried Life is a testament to what a little self belief can do when paired with a whole lot of charm.

18

Feb

Check Out My Reality TV Star Booking Company

10

Feb

MTV Drops "Music Television" from Logo

03

Feb

Audio Addiction: Shwayze

Shwayze’s music glides by on catchy hooks and clever lines. I’m honestly surprised he’s not more popular than he is at this point. You don’t have to love hip hop to love Shwayze. He’s pop enough to be readily digestible by mainstream radio, but cool enough to like. He also had his own reality show on MTV, appropriately titled Buzzin’.

I think he suffered from a lack of critical approval surrounding his debut. His sophomore effort, however, is a hell of a lot better than his first attempt. The tracks seem a lot more polished and a little more complex, not so heavily reliant on just an infections hook. Honestly, I’ve listened to “Corona and Lime,’ his second single, a couple of hundred times at this point (driving around down the shore over the course of two summers), and I still can’t remember anything aside from the chorus.

Wait, I just put it on, and all of a sudden I know the words. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing for Shwayze.

Anyway, what’s more important is that Let it Beat, the sophomore album, has a lot more complexity. Start off with a track like “Maneater” and then graduate to the likes of “Livin’ it Up ft. Snoop Dogg” and “Dirty Little Girl.” In reality, if you like one track then you’ll probably like all of them. If you don’t like one track, then you’re boring.

Check out the lead single from Let it Beat called “Get U Home” above.