Friday, November 16, 2007

What Sesame Street taught me about Cities

Sesame street was a children's program that was created in the 1970's showing that was initally aimed for children in the city. The show soon became an international success that revoloutined children's programing. Even after it's international success the show still kept its character showcasing an imaginary street in a New York City neighborhood.

With the show's emphasis on city life, how much or a role did Sesame Street influence children's opinions of cities?

Wide Open Spaces
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIljhbdp0Cs&NR=1

Sesame Street covers a pastorial setting that gets encroached by sprawl...and then goes hood. So what are they saying about cities?

Life in the Country and the City
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp4q9K39UXk

This taught kids that city dwellers are cool cats that look like Bob Dylan and skit bebop.

Garden in the City
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzPV65V5H3w

The hood gets a garden for all the local kids...I wouldnt go there at night though.

Sno-Cones in the City
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUDf7eJDWAM

Kids having fun in the city... They later grew up to be the characters in Do the Right Thing. R.I.P Radio Raheim

Subway!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkPh8As-y6E

Why is everyone so angry?

Dave Chappelle - Sesame Street
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb_jciO1BgI

Please help Oscar the Grouch

2 comments:

Lynx said...

Sesame Street did nothing but show the goodness in the hood.

Just like rap music.

Donnell said...

Especially early Sesame Street, although the new "Classic Sesame Street" DVD which was just realesed states that it may not be suitable for children.

Swipe:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/18/magazine/18wwln-medium-t.html?ex=1352955600&en=0075a0119c3b37d3&ei=5124&partner=digg&exprod=digg

"Snuffleupagus is visible only to Big Bird; since 1985, all the characters can see him, as Big Bird's old protestations that he was not hallucinating came to seem a little creepy"