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Offline TransgirlensteinTopic starter

This depresses me..
« on: September 05, 2009, 11:25:39 AM »
Anyone remember Sesame Street?  That great kids show where they never really talked down to kids and taught us all how learning can be fun?  Well not only is the show becoming a mindless light show for toddlers but the Volumes 1 and 2/old school Sesame Street is rated....for mature audiences!

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/18/magazine/18wwln-medium-t.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2

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Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2009, 11:47:33 AM »
You can find lots of the old stuff on Youtube (including 'C is for Cookie', and 'I Love Trash').  There's also the fact that some of us parents make our own decisions about what our kids watch, and to blazes with the rating system.  :P

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Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2009, 12:03:38 PM »
They forgot to mention the Count's obsessive disorder with numbers.  ::)

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Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2009, 12:11:01 PM »
They forgot to mention the Count's obsessive disorder with numbers.  ::)

And not just numbers, as this undercover tape shows

The Count Censored

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Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2009, 12:15:24 PM »
Then there's always this gem:

http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/163/12/1557

(Please note that this was written by shrinks with a sense of humor - a rare breed)

Offline Mnemaxa

Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2009, 12:23:35 PM »
I learned to read and write from Sesame Street.  You can bet I'll be buying the old ones and showing them to my children daily.

Offline Caeli

Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2009, 02:36:42 PM »
I loved the parody they did of Law and Order: SVU. <3

Law and Order Special Letters Unit

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Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2009, 02:41:47 PM »
I learned to read and write from Sesame Street.  You can bet I'll be buying the old ones and showing them to my children daily.

I learned a fair bit of history from Asterix books :)

Offline TransgirlensteinTopic starter

Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2009, 04:53:46 PM »
Nooo, not the Count!!

Offline Shiri

Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2009, 05:04:26 PM »
lol The Count was my favorite character

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Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2009, 05:08:58 PM »
Mine too

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Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2009, 07:59:06 PM »
I learned a fair bit of history from Asterix books :)
I learned to read from a bastard mixture of:

Dr. Seuss books.
The Hobbit
Final Fantasy IV (Two at the time) for the SNES.)

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Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2009, 08:11:41 PM »
I liked Oscar the grouch.  I don't really remember much because it was so long ago, but in my opinion we need more Seasame Street, Looney Toons, and Tom and Jerry, and less Sponge Bob!  Sponge Bob makes my brain leak out my ears....

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Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2009, 08:41:26 PM »
Sponge Bob is not played in my house.  When my little one was pre-K, I would play RPGs and read the text to her.  I've read The Hobbit, and half a dozen Redwall books to her - far from the sanitized milk-toast that is offered as 'proper'.  Last night, I started reading 'Seven Spells to Sunday' to her.

Then end result?  I have a daughter that adores reading.

Offline Heart

Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2009, 02:44:33 AM »
I absolutely adored Snuffleuffagus! He was such an epic Mammoth.
I loved his bath time song.

Offline OldSchoolGamer

Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2009, 03:27:35 AM »
I find the "not for children" rating inexplicable.

Are we really that much of a dumbed-down society?

Apparently so.   >:(

Offline Nimmy

Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2009, 09:34:43 AM »
Ty: do you really have to ask?

I'm with everyone else on this one. WHYYYYY? I watched Sesame Street from when I was like 3 until I was 5 or 6. When they came out with Elmo's World I was like "noooo Elmo!!!!" I don't think it's "not for children" - otherwise, why would my parents have let me watch it?

I guess Sesame Street is just another thing from my childhood that they deem unsuitable (like all those toys that they've since taken off the market for health and safety reasons). I find myself wondering constantly, "how the heck did I manage to survive childhood?"

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Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2009, 09:47:22 AM »
I guess Sesame Street is just another thing from my childhood that they deem unsuitable (like all those toys that they've since taken off the market for health and safety reasons). I find myself wondering constantly, "how the heck did I manage to survive childhood?"

You mean like toys with light bulbs mere inches away from the play surface (Easy-Bakes), the ones that involve molten plastic/rubber (Thingmaker) and the ones with a near infinite number of sharp plastic pieces (Lite-Brite)?   :D

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Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #18 on: September 07, 2009, 10:39:34 AM »
You mean like toys with light bulbs mere inches away from the play surface (Easy-Bakes), the ones that involve molten plastic/rubber (Thingmaker) and the ones with a near infinite number of sharp plastic pieces (Lite-Brite)?   :D

I loved Lite-Brite!!!

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Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #19 on: September 07, 2009, 10:48:45 AM »
And the wheely baby-seat thingies (I think they were called chariots or something) that I fell down the stairs in more times than my parents can count but never actually got hurt smacking into the front door because the tray hit it first and stopped my momentum.

Lite-Brite! I shocked myself on one of those plugging it into the wall once when I was 7. It was kinda cool.

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Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #20 on: September 07, 2009, 08:11:25 PM »
<span style="color: teal;">I loved Lite-Brite!&nbsp; I used to play with that thing for hours.&nbsp; Funny, it never occured to me to swallow the light thingies.

I was wondering the same thing the other day; if all these toys are unsafe now, how did so many of us survive playing with them?
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Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #21 on: September 07, 2009, 08:33:03 PM »
I never thought of swallowing them either - but they made wonderful caltrops when combined with Pla-Dough or Silly Putty.

I honestly believe that a lot of kids are frankly over-protected and sheltered.  Our playgrounds had blacktop surfaces - if you fell, you skinned your knee, and the school nurse slapped a band-aid on it, maybe some peroxide if it was particularly bad.  Jungle gyms looked like some half-finished construction project, or mad plumbing.  Heck, at my elementary school, there was also a six to ten foot length of concrete pipe - the kind they use to run water under streets - for us to climb on.

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Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #22 on: September 07, 2009, 11:15:30 PM »
unbelievable. this is actually kind of heartbreaking.
kids tv today is ridiculous. I can't even believe some of the shows that they play.  :'(



and to add my 2 cents... i loved litebrite and easybake oven! and my gel doll maker that i used to singe my fingers on. to think i'm alive!

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Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #23 on: September 08, 2009, 05:22:37 AM »
I never thought of swallowing them either - but they made wonderful caltrops when combined with Pla-Dough or Silly Putty.

I honestly believe that a lot of kids are frankly over-protected and sheltered.  Our playgrounds had blacktop surfaces - if you fell, you skinned your knee, and the school nurse slapped a band-aid on it, maybe some peroxide if it was particularly bad.  Jungle gyms looked like some half-finished construction project, or mad plumbing.  Heck, at my elementary school, there was also a six to ten foot length of concrete pipe - the kind they use to run water under streets - for us to climb on.

We had one of those jungle gyms. Ours was a dome shaped one.

We also had real see-saws. The kind where you 'pop' people up on and they slam back down and if they are a guy they get that funny face and fall off it...>.>

OH! And the slider things. The big bar with the sliding rail on it that if you jerked yourself in the middle of it and let go it would go slamming into the other side and possibly hit the other kid's hands...>.>

And swing sets that you could fling your self off of and go sliding into the woodchips after attempting to land on your feet...>.>

And the merry go rounds that if you spun it fast enough it might fall off the axis or possibly fling someone off it...>.>

How did I survive?!
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Re: This depresses me..
« Reply #24 on: September 08, 2009, 06:55:18 AM »
Very quickly: I used to love the merry-go-round.

I think this may simply be generational gap at work. We can go on about how our toys were apparently dangerous but also fun and exciting. Let us go back and ask our parents what toys they had. Would they give us the whole "we only had sticks and rocks and we'd play in the garbage dump by the old ravine" argument, and tell us how spoiled WE are? I think they might.  ;)