Why do most music videos seem to diminish songs? Make them seem smaller; trivializing their emotions. Even when music videos are funny they seem to be so in defiance of meaning anything else to the listener; literalizing, restricting the imaginary reach of the song. There has to be exceptions to my ignorant generalizations but this has been more or less my experience of music videos since MTV; so much so that I've avoided them. And this puzzles me, particularly, because I've found music in films can leave such an indelible impression; adding so much to the visuals.