It's August 1, maybe you or somebody you know has a birthday, and in 1981, MTV played its first music video. "Video Killed The Radio Star" questioned the impact of advancing technology on the media -- definitely an appropriate choice for the newborn network.
MTV went on to enjoy major success in the 1980s and '90s, only to be reduced to irrelevancy by file sharing and other technological advancements that today we treasure and can't possibly live without.
So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one and all, and to MTV, which called its own eventual downfall from the jump. Which is kind of badass, when you think about it.
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