#SaturdaySchool: MTV & Social Change in the U.S.

In this week’s #SaturdaySchool @ABoyNamedArt & @ProfRagsdale discussed MTV and the role of music videos as tools of various social rights campaigns over the last forty years.

MTV - Moon Man, 1980s

MTV – Moon Man Spot

Since its debut in August of 1981, MTV (Music Television) has served as the cultural outlet for youth-oriented musical genres. From rock-n-roll and new wave to hip-hop and boy bands, the artists (or not-so-artists) that made their video debuts on MTV from 1981 to 2000 are part of a social and cultural experiment that uses music videos to convey political, social or cultural messages to millions of young Americans.

This #SaturdaySchool discussion will touch on some of these issues. Do you have a favorite early MTV moment you would like to share? Leave us a comment and join in the conversation because at #SaturdaySchool, you’re never late.

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