Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

This week started with the VMAs, which set a new record when more than 12.4 million people tuned in and every single one tweeted about Jayoncé’s fetus. Bon Iver hated the show almost as much as he hates haterz. But as far as controversy goes, Lady Gaga’s prosthetic penis had nothing on Jack White’s Insane Clown Posse collaboration. You guys had a lot of comments about all of the above, and we’ve compiled the highest and lowest rated ones below.

THIS WEEK’S 10 HIGHEST RATED COMMENTS

#10 Polythene Pam | Aug 26th Score:15

Whooaa, who is this lady? She’s great!

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#9 Scott | Aug 28th Score:16
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#8 Scott | Aug 29th Score:17
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#7 corban | Aug 28th Score:17

Pregnonce!

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#6 cecilparks | Aug 29th Score:18

The VMAs are not a music show. They’re a music-themed celebrity show. Nothing more, nothing less. If you do anything to become somewhat famous yourself, you’re in no position to complain about other people’s cheap celebrity worship.

And really? You’re going to bring Bill Hicks in this and you expect him to take your side, Justin? What would he say about your music being used to sell beer for a multinational conglomerate?

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#5 fuck yeah louis gossett jr. | Aug 31st Score:19

“Well, it’s about time.” – Earth

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#4 MikeyObviously | Aug 31st Score:20

What are you, a fuckin’ scientist?

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#3 TheWastelander | Aug 29th Score:20

I think it fundamentally gets down to two contradictory forces that rose in natural opposition to each other: the corporatization of entertainment and the hegemony of the internet. You have democratic forces against undemocratic ones, and that’s inevitably going to lead to conflit.

When you all are talking about what you think of as a “Golden Age” of MTV somewhere in the early to mid 90s (I assume), this took place during a fundamentally different music world. The key moment that ended this was the signing of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Gone were the locally-curated DJ playlists and the regional media outlets in their place were a hegemonic Viacom and corporately-centered Clear Channel. The power of the non-corporate tastemaker was severely diminished, and the huge media conglomerates grew arrogant in these boom years. This ushered in an area of $18.99 CDs and indistinguishable boy bands. Complacent with the unfathomable sales of Backstreet Boys records, MTV and the like turned to reality shows convinced they no longer needed to worry about the music front since they were so dominant.

Then Napster steps in and allows people the freedom to choose what they want to listen to without going through a monopolistic middle-man first. This leads to more individualized music approaches culminating in what we have now with things like Pandora and Spotify that specifically cater to what you want to listen to. In an instant, people became listeners and not consumers.

This did not sit well with the major labels and media companies. In response to this, they scrambled to go for the lowest common denominator approach and put forth increasingly mindless trash. Labels no longer significantly invested in new artists that had potential to grow if they didn’t make a blockbuster first record. As a consequence, the indiesphere becomes more niche-oriented, and the mainstream gets dumber by always seeking to appeal to the largest possible audience in a shrinking market.

What does that all lead to? A world in which getting a Moonman doesn’t matter anymore. But that’s just me.

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#2

Connor Johnson | Aug 29th Score:32

I really thought that title was going to be literal.

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#1

Chris Trash | Aug 26th Score:33

I might be jumping the gun, but can we get an extremely premature evaluation of Tha Carter 23?

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THIS WEEK’S LOWEST RATED COMMENT

#1 theduchessofthomyorke | Aug 31st Score:-20

Only when it’s on while your mother is on my dick.

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[Editor’s Note: Oh man, theduchessofthomyorke you are on thin ice. Four of this week’s five lowest rated comments were your personal attacks on fellow commenter DJ Freshie. Not cool. And let’s get off the topic of “your mother” since … this is a family blog.]

THIS WEEK’S EDITOR’S CHOICE (SCOTT’S PICK)

Bill Emhof | Aug 30th Score:1

I’d use it to travel back in time and kill Hitler. It does that, right?

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[Editor’s Note: Videogum callback! I actually wanna vote for every comment in the PAL198X thread. Nice work, entrants. I hope you all win! But only one of you will win!]

THIS WEEK’S EDITOR’S CHOICE (AMRIT’S PICK)

Chris Trash | Aug 30th Score:4

Kind of funny that an ad that’s supposed to be about natural ingredients feels the need to make Nelson’s voice sound like T-pain.

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