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Can You Still Tell Me How To Get To Sesame Street?

Submitted by on November 5, 2009 – 9:46 am2 Comments


Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street and if you’re old like me, then it’s been quite some time since you’ve sat down in front of the boob tube to watch Big Bird and company school the youth.

But with a new season and updated characters beginning to broadcast on November 10th, is there still a place for Cooney & Morrisett’s creation? Find out after the jump.

The Google doodle featured Big Bird and instantly thoughts of John-John, Herry Monster and Twiddlebugs came to the forefront of my mind. My sister was deathly afraid of Bert and hated Ernie’s laugh. In the past you had cameos from Ladysmith Black Mambazo, James Earl Jones and Maya Angelou helped to reinforce education and learning.

Hell, just recently grown folks who were fans of the series as kids had no idea that Mr. Snuffleupagus was Big Bird’s imaginary friend (at least I was oblivious). But as we continue down this road called the Digital Age, is there still a place for this brand of learning?

Cell phones — or smartphones — are being placed in the ages of kids who are younger and younger. We’re being bombarded with information from all over. What is the allure of being talked to by puppets when you have your favorite HUMAN stars preaching lessons to you in other places like BET, MTV and guest starring on shows and appearing in movies?

In no way am I shittin’ on Sesame Street. I believe that it is instrumental and if Bush ever arises again, it’d be the last bastion of education left (plus we can get out our revolutionary messages via Oscar the Grouch). I just wanted to know for those who have kids, those who are on the verge of being first-time parents and even those who have younglings they want to inspire — do you ever steer children away from programs that annoy you personally? Or do you let them make their own choices as long as they are age-appropriate?

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