MTV was once my electronic cool older brother, exposing me to sweet new bands, showing me cool videos, and telling me that weird comedy like "The State" is hilarious. It gets confusing though when I remember that my brother is really a carefully-crafted entertainment conglomerate that trades in the commodity of coolness and that, at the end of the day, has to answer to advertisers and a board of directors. This means that over the past 30 years - MTV went on the air on August 1, 1981 - the network has provided both moments of visionary, genuine, groundbreaking art, as well as woefully ill-conceived bits of sloppy, regrettable nonsense. Here are the best and the worst moments:
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