Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Big Bird lives in a Taxpayer Feathered Nest

At least the limb on which the nest sits is government supported.  Yet it's apparent to all of us.. not just a few.. that the Sesame Street franchise could have supported ALL of Public Television.  Mark Steyn Points it out, here:
Sesame Nation
...On the latter point, whether or not everybody loves Sesame Street, everybody has seen it, and every American under 50 has been weaned on it. So far this century it's sold nigh on a billion bucks' worth of merchandising sales (that's popular toys such as the Subsidize-Me-Elmo doll). If Sesame Street is not commercially viable, then nothing is, and we should just cut to the chase and bail out everything.
The program's influence is far more pervasive than we might think, though..  it occurs to some that the world has been 'de-monsterized':

Unlike Mitt, I loathe Sesame Street. It bears primary responsibility for what the Canadian blogger Binky calls the de-monsterization of childhood - the idea that there are no evil monsters out there at the edges of the map, just shaggy creatures who look a little funny and can sometimes be a bit grouchy about it because people prejudge them until they learn to celebrate diversity and help Cranky the Friendly Monster go recycling.

That is not unrelated to the infantilization of our society. Marinate three generations of Americans in that pabulum and it's no surprise you wind up with unprotected diplomats dragged to their deaths from their "safe house" in Benghazi. Or as J. Scott Gration, the president's special envoy to Sudan, said in 2009, in the most explicit Sesamization of American foreign policy: "We've got to think about giving out cookies. Kids, countries - they react to gold stars, smiley faces, handshakes . . . " The butchers of Darfur aren't blood-drenched machete-wielding genocidal killers but just Cookie Monsters whom we haven't given enough cookies. I'm not saying there's a direct line between Bert & Ernie and Barack & Hillary . . . well, actually I am.

Well... that's true except when it comes to Tea Party people, Republicans and -shudder- Free Market advocates.
There, the best treatment they'll get is being compared to Oscar.

Of course I liked Sesame Street, even as an adult.. though I liked 'The Muppet Show' a lot more.  But even then I didn't swallow the political line they spun.  Same as I understood fairy tales.

- via AoSHQ

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