Does this generation of kids still know how to get to Sesame Street? (January 12, 2019)

Gaming Merchandise Jackpot: The only thing my kid wanted for Christmas last year were Roblox Mystery Figure Characters (Series 4).  We settled on three blind boxes that all ended up being Legendary Yeti’s–The second most expensive figure in the whole line!  With all the possible merchandise that is available in the market today, it is no wonder why today’s youth is consistently enthralled with the games that they play.  With this in mind and the proverbial deck stacked against them, does Sesame Street still have a place with this generation of kids?   

Sunny Day
Sweepin’ the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet
Can you tell me how to get?
How to get to Sesame Street

Partial lyrics of the Sesame Street Theme (1971)

As a kid who grew up in Manila, Philippines during the late 70’s and 80’s, no day was complete without watching an episode of Sesame Street.  We had five television channels back then[i] and not a lot of other options.  But re-run or not, we were always entertained (and learned) from those daily Sesame Street episodes.

Years past and the public television program eventually had to make compromises in order to reach today’s generation of children.  Episodes that were once brought to you by the letters T and V and the number 31 gave way to specifically themed episodes such as “How to prepare a child whose parent is going to be serving in the military abroad.”

It was that specific.

It was what Sesame Street had to do to survive. Continue reading “Does this generation of kids still know how to get to Sesame Street? (January 12, 2019)”