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That's it, I'm done with them. I thought I'd stick it out for a little while longer, but I just simply can't take it any more.

I am boycotting MTV.

I'm pretty sure the last straw for me came in the form of "A Shot of Love with Tila Tequila," a reality show featuring some random bisexual who has men and women compete for her affection. Or maybe it was the Laguna Beach/Hills phenomenon, which features a bunch of white, blonde rich kids with personalities of a brick wall (typical conversation: Girl #1: "Hi." Boy #1: "Hey." ...long pause...Girl #2: "Hey guys, what's going on?").

I'm actually a little sad it has to come to this, considering I used to love the channel back in the day. I was a huge fan of Beavis and Butthead, Daria, the old days of the MTV Movie Awards and oh, yeah, music videos (back when they actually played them and had more on rotation than just the top six).

I even loved the early days of "The Real World" when it actually was a social experiment and not seven, whiny brats giving all young people a bad name.

But now, the channel has absolutely nothing to do with not only music, but real young people such as myself. Watching MTV today, one could easily come to the conclusion that everyone aged 15-25 is a drunken, spoiled, airhead that has more notches on their bedpost than the members of KISS combined.

When MTV started, it was a revolution. It was in-your-face, irreverent, and completely belonging to the younger generations. It was our music, our attitude.

But now, with shows like "My Super Sweet Sixteen" and "Date My Mom," MTV has turned into simply another corporation looking to exploit young people in order to make money. Not to mention that the only good music you hear is...oh wait, you don't hear any good music anymore.

And so, I am boycotting it. And while I fully realize that this will do nothing to change MTV, at least I will no longer feel a crushing depression after watching yet another one of their "reality" shows because I can't believe my generation has really turned out that way.