'Sesame Street' ar 40 still educating kids

Jun 3, 2009 Full story: Daily Herald 15

This story has been brought to you by the letter S and the numbers 15 and 40. The S, as anyone who has ever watched television can deduce by now, stands for "Sesame Street." The 40 is almost as easy: This year marks the 40th anniversary of sunny days, friendly neighbors and the fuzzy creatures who live on that street where the air is sweet.

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HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#1 Jun 3, 2009
Sesame Street Psychoanalysis
An analysis of the mental health problems plaguing the population of Sesame Street.

This was a school assignment, we had to read Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" (which I highly recommend) and write our own satire. Here was what I came up with, I know that psychological problems are nothing to make fun of----please no one be offended, sometimes you just have to have a sense of humor about things in order to conquer them, you know?


A Modest Proposal

With each passing day, there are more ominous headlines of new disorders and illnesses afflicting the human population. Judging from the studies and reports, one must wonder what even happened to natural selection, as the stability of our species seems to be circling the evolutionary drain as we speak. Conditions that we formerly—and apparently ignorantly—ascribed to mere human nature are now being pinpointed with medical definitions and pills are being passed out like peanuts at a baseball game.

There are no longer hyper children, now rowdy boys have Attention Deficit Disorder. While a phenomenon called the “winter blues” used to be common, now it is diagnosed as “Seasonal Affective Disorder”. Medical dictionaries bulge with the volume of new terms that catalog every idiosyncratic aspect of being human.

I propose that we get to the roots of these burgeoning problems: unstable role models. Everyone knows that children tend to emulate their idols, which can be a very positive way to learn if they are picking up healthy habits. Obviously, though, the recent avalanche of abnormal psychology cases is telling us that something is wrong with society’s role models.

So, what is one of the biggest influences on children today? Television. I propose that a critical look is taken at the messages being sent in today’s preschool programming, the values that are being passed on to our young ones during their most impressionable years.“Sesame Street’ has been a cultural phenomenon since 1969, and multiple generations of children have tuned in. While it has been praised for its teaching of social skills, its number and letter lessons, and many other seemingly innocuous subjects, it is obvious that there is something more subversive going on.

The simple fact is that our children are being exposed to an extremely dysfunctional set of characters. First of all, take one of the most famous of the muppets: Elmo. He is undoubtedly cute and cuddly, but his constant proclamations of “Everybody LOVES Elmo!!!” are red flags that indicate his Narcissistic Personality disorder. There should be profound concerns about any individual who constantly needs to reaffirm and exaggerate their superiority over others. No wonder people look at today’s youth as walking bundles of ego.

Furthermore, Oscar the Grouch is a textbook case of Oppositional Defiant Disorder. The clinical symptoms of this disorder include a volatile temper, constant arguing with both peers and authority figures, and refusal to comply with rules and regulations. Oskar is guilty as charged on all criteria. In addition, his perpetually pessimistic attitude, aversion to close contact with others, and intentional engagement in obnoxious behaviors are other classic examples of ODD.

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HumanSpirit

Alachua, FL

#2 Jun 3, 2009
Big Bird may seem harmless enough. What could be wrong with a sweet, teddy bear toting bird? Well, the fact is that Big Bird has one of the most insidious forms of psychiatric disorder: schizophrenia. He has elaborate conversations with his teddy bear, exhibiting classic signs of hallucinations and delusions that result from the illness. The fact that his neighbors on Sesame Street humor him is disturbing, as the bird is obviously being brushed aside and denied much needed medical attention. It may even be viewed as a case of Shared Psychotic Disorder, in which a figure gradually imparts his delusions onto his peers until they are all ‘under the spell’ and truly believe in the schizoid fantasy realm.

The Count has one of the most obvious malfunctions, his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has completely overtaken his life so that he fills all of his days with numbers and counting. He is marked by uncontrollable urges to take numerical inventories of everything he sees, leading to impaired social function and a disruption of every day activities, as all of his waking hours are spent wrapped up in counting rituals from which he feels powerless to break free.
Everyone has heard the stories about Bert and Ernie. One bedroom, two muppets, you do the math. Homosexuality, however, is not recognized by the medical community as a mental illness, and therefore we need not delve deeper into the issue.

Cookie Monster obviously has a raging case of binge eating disorder, a psychological condition in which individuals exhibit lack of appetite inhibition and blatant lack of self control around food. He frequently engages in episodes of marathon food consumption, specifically of non-nutritive items such as cookies, indicating that he is not eating out of hunger but is making deluded attempts to mask and satiate his true emotional needs through physical indulgences such as overeating.

Grover, with his hyperkinetic energy, spindly physique, and bulging eyes, is obviously mired in a serious drug addiction. His behavior exhibits all the characteristics of someone who is using the stimulant Ecstasy on a regular basis. While it is often viewed as a lightweight “club drug”, it can raise the body temperature to lethal levels, which is an even bigger danger for a heavily furred being such as Grover.

As the influences being broadcast to our children are examined, it is a wonder how any of us have managed to pull through without major psychological and behavioral disturbances. It appears that what remains of our society’s mental stability is at stake. I propose that Sesame Street is immediately pulled from the air, as it is little more than a Crayola colored version of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” with its zoo of disturbed inhabitants.

http://www.writing.com/main/view_item/item_id...

Since: Jul 07

PARK RIDGE IL.

#4 Jul 15, 2009
Yeah like they'd keep a show on for this long if it was causing all these problems.
wichitarick

Wichita, KS

#5 Aug 17, 2009
Hi not High
Thanks, I just ran across this ..........

Wow deep stuff.
These have been my thoughts for years .
brings back memories of bean bags, black lights,glow in the dark paint,bongs,lava lamps,shag carpet, flash cards,stuffed animals,merry go rounds,carnival rides,mushrooms,cactus flowers,talking rabbits,colorful "kids" "dead heads" did,nt paint their faces and clothes black and really want to die,

wow wow, oops had a serious flash back , to much pbs and sesame street well good thing I did not have kids huh.

actually a small pc. of reality ,if we used the simple ideas of sesame street for a whole host of our problems and did not label them ,as h.s. as shown it gets real easy. lol.
their ideas meaning K.I.S.S. just break it down to the simple base of the problem and start there. keep it very simple just like elmo and big bird taught you .
Or throw it in the garbage with what,s his name ? lol.
for gps my 11 yr old gifted kid can use a sesame street type song to remember math,English etc. and NEVER forget it. lol she used these types of songs to remember letters,notes for 3 instruments so far and learned them lol the same for algebra .
So yes it pays to listen yellow birds and fuzzy red things .
It,s not the crazy people you worry about...it,s the ones that don,t know it...R.C

“CO$ sucks and DM swallows!”

Since: Nov 08

Dunellen, NJ

#6 Aug 17, 2009
HumanSpirit wrote:
Sesame Street Psychoanalysis
Only a sick, twisted, deluded troll like HS could take a decent story and warp it to suit his demented agenda...
HumanSpirit

Melrose, FL

#7 Aug 18, 2009
Mad Dog 54 wrote:
<quoted text> Only a sick, twisted, deluded troll like HS could take a decent story and warp it to suit his demented agenda...
Can you imagine a troll for a public relation firm (such as yourself) who lacks any ability to converse on any topic getting paid for calling names and insulting people that state their opinions when they don't express any opinion on the subject matter themselves.

The PR firms must hire last in their class, undesirables (dropouts) whith some shady past when so many decent people with education could debate the topic and deserve employment.

“CO$ sucks and DM swallows!”

Since: Nov 08

Dunellen, NJ

#8 Aug 18, 2009
HJS doesn't read posts, just reacts to them. I pity him...
HumanSpirit

High Springs, FL

#9 Aug 18, 2009
Mad Dog 54 wrote:
HJS doesn't read posts, just reacts to them. I pity him...
It is no doubt that the forums of the Internet are infested with Public Relation people such as yourself. A lot of money is behind public opinion and corporate image. The power to control the thought of people is important.

Why they hired you has to rest in nepotism.

I would think the Pharmaceutical / Mental Health would want a PR firm that sports a person of some literate background rather then a "last in their class" dropout with a marginal IQ.

Cheers

“Honorary Squirrel Buster”

Since: Apr 07

Tulsa, OK

#10 Aug 27, 2009
HumanSpirit wrote:
<quoted text>
It is no doubt that the forums of the Internet are infested with Public Relation people such as yourself. A lot of money is behind public opinion and corporate image. The power to control the thought of people is important.
Why they hired you has to rest in nepotism.
HS, are you still angry at Mad Dog's uncle Xenu for stuffing you in the volcano with the help of psychiatrists?

“CO$ sucks and DM swallows!”

Since: Nov 08

Dunellen, NJ

#11 Aug 27, 2009
Red Pill wrote:
<quoted text>HS, are you still angry at Mad Dog's uncle Xenu for stuffing you in the volcano with the help of psychiatrists?
Actually, HS was traumatized by Aunt Xena molesting him in the womb...
Polly

Sydney, Australia

#12 Aug 27, 2009
Red Pill wrote:
<quoted text>HS, are you still angry at Mad Dog's uncle Xenu for stuffing you in the volcano with the help of psychiatrists?
I think human(not a scientologist)spirit is angry because Little Lock AR 'HumanSpirit' previously posted in this thread.
What kind of "mind" could believe Sesame Street is part of the psychs?
A scientologist's "mind"
HumanSpirit

Melrose, FL

#13 Aug 29, 2009
Polly wrote:
<quoted text>
I think human(not a scientologist)spirit is angry because Little Lock AR 'HumanSpirit' previously posted in this thread.
What kind of "mind" could believe Sesame Street is part of the psychs?
A scientologist's "mind"
Not a scientologist Polly.
Are what to eat concerns

Cherry Hill, NJ

#14 Sep 27, 2010
Selling out of the Poor? What would Elmo say?
Full Name: Wayne Berman Title: Vice-Chair; Finance Co-Chair; Adviser
Over the course of three years, Berman’s lobbying firm was paid $660,000 to lobby on behalf of UnitedHealth subsidiary Americhoice, a managed care HMO providing health insurance to Medicaid, Medicare, and SCHIP recipients. Specifically, according to the lobbying report, they lobbied on Medicaid issues in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.[Americhoice Lobbying Reports 2004 – 2007; Americhoice.com ] Berman Also Lobbied For “Absurdly Low” Rates for Medicaid Managed Care Companies to Pay Out of Network Hospitals. Also included in the DRA, and mentioned as a lobbying issue on Berman’s Americhoice lobbying report, was a provision setting rates managed care companies must pay to out-of-network providers -- mainly hospital emergency rooms -- for care received by Medicaid beneficiaries. Rather than forcing managed care companies to reimburse out-of-network hospitals an amount comparable to network providers, the legislation set the default amount to the state’s “fee-for-service rate,” which often is “absurdly low.” The provision thereby shifted financial responsibility for services to Medicaid beneficiaries from the managed care companies to the hospitals themselves, permitting managed care companies to rake in huge profits, while hospitals incurred added losses.[Modern Healthcare, 1/29/07; Text of S. 1932] To Save Money, Bill Cut Services to Medicaid Beneficiaries, But Left Managed Care Providers Untouched. Under the final budget package, substantial Medicaid spending cuts were achieved by imposing new premiums and increased co-payments on Medicaid beneficiaries; some costs were also shifted to the states, who in return were awarded new powers to drop coverage or reduce benefits to certain beneficiaries. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, the AARP CEO decried the final bill, saying it “protects the pharmaceutical industry, the managed-care industry and other providers at the expense of low-income Medicaid beneficiaries.”[Inside CMS, 12/29/05; Los Angeles Times, 12/22/05; World Markets Analysis, 12/21/05; The Hill, 12/20/05]
The Players and whats up for grabs. Profits United Health Group 2010 $4.293 billion
Here are some other 2010 budget numbers: Wonder what it cost CMS ( Can't Manage Sxxx) to operate each year.$453 billion Medicare///$290 billion Medicaid ///$78.7 billion Department of Health and Human Services/// UnitedHealth Group Awarded TRICARE Managed Care Support Contract ... Jul 13, 2009 ... UnitedHealth Group Awarded TRICARE Managed Care Support Contract for more than $20.3 billion. BILLIONS awarded and still to be awarded United's AmeriChoice unit is the largest government contractor administering state Medicaid programs for the poor and federally sponsored plans for children. AmeriChoice's revenue rose 34% last year, to $6 billion. United Health Group and its subsidiarys must be exhausted from signing Corporate Integrity agreements each and every year and as reward for their violations well what happens? they are awarded more contracts and more money and maybe even an ambassadorship here and there and if anybody should question what the heck is going on, then send them a Elmo doll.(Americhoice sponsors Sesame Street) Up side, Billions to be made, down side pay some fines (cost of doing business) move on and nobody goes to jail or gets excluded from the game. Get up the next day put on your Elmo costume and its back to work as usual. WOW, even in the Casino world or Mob world this would be a no no, suprised Hollywood has not done a movie on this or maybe even great TV.
James

Porirua, New Zealand

#15 Dec 19, 2010
Sesame street is still one of the best educational shows on television. The http://sesame-street-characters.com are so memorable and fun that kids will be watching them for generations to come.

Since: Dec 11

Miami, FL

#16 Dec 12, 2011
HumanSpirit wrote:
Big Bird may seem harmless enough. What could be wrong with a sweet, teddy bear toting bird? Well, the fact is that Big Bird has one of the most insidious forms of psychiatric disorder: schizophrenia. He has elaborate conversations with his teddy bear, exhibiting classic signs of hallucinations and delusions that result from the illness. The fact that his neighbors on Sesame Street humor him is disturbing, as the bird is obviously being brushed aside and denied much needed medical attention. It may even be viewed as a case of Shared Psychotic Disorder, in which a figure gradually imparts his delusions onto his peers until they are all ‘under the spell’ and truly believe in the schizoid fantasy realm.
The Count has one of the most obvious malfunctions, his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has completely overtaken his life so that he fills all of his days with numbers and counting. He is marked by uncontrollable urges to take numerical inventories of everything he sees, leading to impaired social function and a disruption of every day activities, as all of his waking hours are spent wrapped up in counting rituals from which he feels powerless to break free.
Everyone has heard the stories about Bert and Ernie. One bedroom, two muppets, you do the math. Homosexuality, however, is not recognized by the medical community as a mental illness, and therefore we need not delve deeper into the issue.
Cookie Monster obviously has a raging case of binge eating disorder, a psychological condition in which individuals exhibit lack of appetite inhibition and blatant lack of self control around food. He frequently engages in episodes of marathon food consumption, specifically of non-nutritive items such as cookies, indicating that he is not eating out of hunger but is making deluded attempts to mask and satiate his true emotional needs through physical indulgences such as overeating.
Grover, with his hyperkinetic energy, spindly physique, and bulging eyes, is obviously mired in a serious drug addiction. His behavior exhibits all the characteristics of someone who is using the stimulant Ecstasy on a regular basis. While it is often viewed as a lightweight “club drug”, it can raise the body temperature to lethal levels, which is an even bigger danger for a heavily furred being such as Grover.
As the influences being broadcast to our children are examined, it is a wonder how any of us have managed to pull through without major psychological and behavioral disturbances. It appears that what remains of our society’s mental stability is at stake. I propose that Sesame Street is immediately pulled from the air, as it is little more than a Crayola colored version of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” with its zoo of disturbed inhabitants.
http://www.writing.com/main/view_item/item_id...
Why do you see so much in the show. http://sesamestreetcharacters.com is simple and enjoyable for all ages

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