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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Remember when MTV first started out? It was a small network that began in the 80s and revolutionized the way music and television were viewed. Literally. It was the first time anyone saw a real music video.

Teenagers secretly snuck into their television rooms while their parents weren’t looking and watched the hippest video versions of their favorite songs, making them feel instantly cooler. Stars like Madonna, Pat Benetar, and the Buggles ruled the screen. Then things started going awry…

When MTV introduced their first reality show, things started to go downhill. The Real World was a look inside a world where seven strangers came together to live. Everything the college aged party animals did was taped with very few things held back. The show was a great success, so the network kept airing more shows like it.

These days, there are more reality shows on the network than there are actual music videos. In fact, it’s a rare thing to witness any occurence of music at all. We can thank the television channel for raunchy shows like Jersey Shore (douchebags pictured above).

As a result, the network has decided to take the ‘music’ out of its logo. In an article from the Los Angeles Times, David Howe, president of the SyFy channel, says the name ‘music television’ is too limiting and outdated. MTV’s head of marketing, Tina Exarhos, believes that people don’t refer to the channel as ‘music television’ anymore and the network should move on.

I spend a lot of time reminiscing about simpler times, and this is certainly one of those cases. Reality shows make America dumber! Not to mention, most people who watch MTV’s reality shows are mostly teenagers. An entire generation, wasting their brain’s potential on this stuff.

Good thing I cancelled my television service.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Okay, so those of you who have watched the show Lost religiously like I have will get more out of this post than anyone else will. How about that crazy season premiere last night?

In the first episode (or shall I say two episodes), it seems as if the creators of Lost have decided to show viewers an alternate reality. Not only do they continue on with the story of the hydrogen bomb not blowing them back in time, but they also show you what would have happened if the plane never crashed. So here’s my first point of confusion — which storyline is real?

I have always been a big John Locke fan, too, but things are just getting a bit too odd for me on that front. So we’ve finally figured out that the man who looks like Locke isn’t really him (because his dead body is on the island), but now we are to believe that he is a reincarnated version of Jacob’s opponent. Might I add that I would like to know more about him. All we know is that he is ‘the man in black.’ 

And what happened with Sayid last night? He was dying, then Jacob told Hurley to take him to the temple, where they could cure him. When that happened, the people at the temple killed Sayid, but at the end of the episode, he is sitting up and talking. Confusion again.

Also, I have to say that it’s a bummer Juliet’s character was killed off. She was a good match for Sawyer, but now things will most likely change for him and Kate. Or Jack and Kate. Who knows…

This season premiere is up for discussion….tell me what you thought and your predictions for the rest of the season!

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

I may be a bit late in posting a review about the new Star Trek. It is not all that new, but I have just recently seen it. My review summed up in one sentence? I don’t get it.

Not being a star trek fan (trekkie) and having never seen any of the television shows put me at a great disadvantage. I’m sure many of you in my position feel the same way. The movie feeds off of the show…and if you don’t know anything about that, well then you’re out of luck with this one.

The main idea of the film is that you get to see how Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock first met. You see them as young children, then as the middle aged space warriors everyone knows and loves. (At least I understood that much.)

I pretty much sat on the couch in a daze of confusion for the movie’s drawn out two and a half hours while my counterpart sang a snippet from Adam Sandler’s “Hannukah Song” over and over again…Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock — both jewish! We were thoroughly befuddled.

There was a lot of good action though! The special effects blew up the screen, officially making this a flick for the trekkie action film lover. I’m sure you trekkies had your hands full on this one.

P.S. I miss Shatner.

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