Just in case “Laguna Beach” didn’t GO THERE enough to satisfy you, Hollywood producer Peter Chernin has created a reality show that you can follow through the Twitter, Instagram and Vine accounts of nine teens.
That’s 27 accounts. Seems excessive, but when we were teens, 27 official platforms dedicated to “Laguna” or “The O.C.” would have induced tears of joy.
Recording artist Will.i.am, as you may know, is something of a self-styled technologist. Besides holding down a sweet gig as Intel’s director of “creative innovation,” he pops up in pro-coding propaganda and once featured a Makerbot in one of his videos, because why not. Now he’s further demonstrating his devotion to technology in the title of his latest track: “#thatpower,” released today.
Jared Leto, seminal ’90s crush who enjoys rubbing elbows with the international tech elite, has an urgent request for his Twitter followers. The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman is shooting a new music video, and he desperately needs “albinos” for it.
We're Going to be TV Stars
Catfish, we’d argue, is actually one of the best shows on TV right now. It’s not as highbrow as Homeland and it’s probably largely staged, but MTV’s attempt to turn the award-winning documentary into a reality TV show series has never once disappointed us in the OMGWTF department.
The show, which arranges for people with longtime Internet relationships to finally meet face to face, inevitably revealing the complex nest of lies they’ve told each other, is entertainment in the purest sense: Viewers can’t help but watch with a sense of horror and fascination as people humiliate themselves–and then are redeemed!–right on the screen.
XXX in Tech
Hunter Moore, the web’s vilest revenge porn entrepreneur, announced on Twitter early this morning that a television show he has been working on has been picked up. Mr. Moore is notorious for running the revenge porn hub Is Anyone Up, where scorned people submit racy pictures of their exes without their permission. The site was shut down last year, but Mr. Moore has been planning to launch another site, HunterMoore.TV, for the last few months.
“Has someone fallen for your online alter-ego?” MTV is casting for a reality show in the vein of the possibly fake hit documentary Catfish, in which a young filmmaker falls in love with his dream girl, Megan, on Facebook, only to find he was talking to the woman Megan had said was her mother. MTV is producing the show with the producers of Catfish, including the duped Nev Schulman, and RelativityREAL.
Do you write about beauty products? Do you write about them…on The Internet? Do you do it…in a blog? Well, then, like Occupy Wall Street kids and club kids and the Furries before them, we gather that Beauty Bloggers are next on the list. And how can we tell?
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Ye Olde' Web
Today is MTV’s 30th birthday, so Betabeat decided to take a look back at how this revolutionary broadcast network covered the innovation, the internet, that would help to kill music television, much as video killed the radio star.
The year was 1995 and a whopping 10 million people regularly used the internet. “What’s attracted many of them is the World Wide Web, with its proliferation of special interest truck stops called websites, and the arrival of networked browser programs that make the whole thing, if not idiot proof, at least user friendly.”
Hits and Misses
This seems like a strange one two punch. Back in February Viacom announced that it was shutting down MTV Games, which published the blockbuster hit Rock Band.
Today Viacom announced that MTV Networks will launching a new arm, 345 Games, to produce titles based on popular television shows like Ugly Americans and Deadliest Warrior.
Hopefully someone found a little corporate synergy in this whole switcheroo.