AOL exposes MTV as a fraud with Live8 coverage

The biggest take away for me yesterday at Live8 outside of the very important cause we were all supporting was that AOL exposed that MTV is a fraud. MTV is no longer about music or freedomit’s about being locked into banal commentary by vapid models drenched in cheesy advertising.

The torch passed from MTV to AOLMusic as AOL proved10 years after streaming media on the Internet startedthat the Internet is a much better experience than TV. Heck, it’s even better than cable TV!

The difference was shocking: you could switch from high-speed stream of the raw footage on AOLMusic or you could watch idiotic VJays talk over the highly anticipated Pink Floyd reunion.

You could mix your own broadcast, or you could let MTV destroy the experience for you. People voted and the evidence is all over the blogosphere. People are HATING MTV and VH1 today.

Rafat sums it up: “like a lot of people, I started on MTV, and went on AOLMusic during a commercial break, and then realized what I was missing. I think someone in AOL had that epiphany after they bought the rights: let’s sub-license the rights on TV to MTV, let people compare, and they’ll realize how superior the online experience is for this sort of natively multitasking event.”

Now that’s an interesting theory did AOL do this to expose MTV? I wouldn’t give them that much credit, but I can tell you that yesterday will go down in Internet history as the day that cable TV realized their business is going to get hit as hardprobably harderthan broadcast TVs has over the past decade.

My wheels are spinningwhat can we do with video at Weblogs, Inc? Maybe we should start our own version of MTV or the Food Network?

Cable TV is about niche programming, that’s why it’s done so well over the past 25 years. However, folks who are into niche programming would love to go deeper. They would love to control their experience.

All the hyperbolic talk about video during the dotcom boom came true yesterday. You could stream high-speed video from all over the world and create your own experience. The only thing missing was the ability to pick which camera angle you wanted (side note: I always thought controlling the video angle was an overrated feature for anything outside of sports anyway).

The Web 2.0 revolution marches on!

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