Why Sesame Street’s Move to HBO Is Both Great and Extremely Depressing

  • metta

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    Aug 14, 2015 3:44 PM GMT
    Why Sesame Street’s Move to HBO Is Both Great and Extremely Depressing


    "Sesame Street was founded to help low-income kids keep up with their more affluent peers. That is literally why it exists. It succeeded beyond anyone’s expectations. And now it is becoming the property of a premium cable network, so that a program launched to help poor kids keep up with rich kids is now being paywalled so that rich kids can watch it before poor kids can."


    http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/08/13/sesame_street_goes_to_hbo_practically_it_s_great_symbolically_not_so_much.html
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    Aug 14, 2015 5:39 PM GMT
    It is discomforting that in America we devalue all forms of education by reducing funding but we are more than willing to invest more money on fruitless wars that only benefit military industrialists. And to my opponents who think that I am a disconnected liberal with no statistical evidence, read it and weep!

    http://www.cbpp.org/research/policy-basics-where-do-our-federal-tax-dollars-go

    For the 2014 fiscal year, 18% of our federal tax dollars went towards military spending whereas 2% was invested on education.
    As a nation, we need to reconsider our priorities. I rather have an educated and productive populace than a bunch of trigger happy baboons.
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    Aug 14, 2015 6:27 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]smrtnfit22 said[/cite]It is discomforting that in America we devalue all forms of education by reducing funding but we are more than willing to invest more money on fruitless wars that only benefit military industrialists. And to my opponents who think that I am a disconnected liberal with no statistical evidence, read it and weep!

    http://www.cbpp.org/research/policy-basics-where-do-our-federal-tax-dollars-go

    For the 2014 fiscal year, 18% of our federal tax dollars went towards military spending whereas 2% was invested on education.
    As a nation, we need to reconsider our priorities. I rather have an educated and productive populace than a bunch of trigger happy baboons. [/


    You've had your guy , your dream come true, in office now for 7 years. So
    I'm not buying that liberals don't love war. Obama is a war monger equal
    to Bush.
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    Aug 14, 2015 10:18 PM GMT
    I just lost 10 IQ points just by looking at this forum and its responses.
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    Aug 15, 2015 1:56 AM GMT
    Alpha13 said[quote]You've had your guy , your dream come true, in office now for 7 years. So
    I'm not buying that liberals don't love war. Obama is a war monger equal to Bush.


    I can't follow you conservatives. Obama is weak on defense until he's a war monger. Which is it?

    By the way, liberals don't have to agree with Obama's foreign policy. Obama is a Democrat; not all Democrats are liberal. Liberals are generally (more than a majority) against all war.

    Or just continue believing in stupid. Whatever. It's your narrative, believe what you want.
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    Aug 15, 2015 2:01 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio said
    Alpha13 said[quote]You've had your guy , your dream come true, in office now for 7 years. So
    I'm not buying that liberals don't love war. Obama is a war monger equal to Bush.


    I can't follow you conservatives. Obama is weak on defense until he's a war monger. Which is it?

    By the way, liberals don't have to agree with Obama's foreign policy. Obama is a Democrat; not all Democrats are liberal. Liberals are generally (more than a majority) against all war.

    Or just continue believing in stupid. Whatever. It's your narrative, believe what you want.


    America is #1 in major arms exports worldwide.
    America cannot sell lots and lots arms unless threats of war exists.
    Instability creates the need and demand.

    Many of us think that oil is the impetus for us (America) going to war. No. Oil is the rationale for "creating" the necessary instability. Throw in religion to the mix, and you got yourself a perpetual ideological conflict.

    Is it Obama? Is it Bush? Partisan bickering is just a mere distraction. Everyone pays lip service and says they don't like war. But what everyone is not saying is that, it's inevitable until we change our trajectory, focus, our priorities and values. Tell the public what they want to hear and just go with what we've been doing all along. Understand that America had its birth in war. Our government learned long ago, especially thru WWII that the economy benefits during and after wars. War is profitable. Period.

    Perhaps should we shift our emphasis to EDUCATION... perhaps then, our future generations could see what the real dynamics are at play here and figure out other ways to boost the economy without sacrificing and destroying lives.
  • Timbales

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    Aug 15, 2015 2:50 PM GMT
    I hope every person who feels the move from PBS to HBO is supporting their local PBS station with donations. Because if they are not, they are basically hypocrites.
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    Aug 16, 2015 2:07 AM GMT
    The article is contradictory left wing trash and some of you have reading comprehension issues:

    "As Emily Steel explained in the New York Times, the nonprofit Sesame Workshop has struggled to keep up a robust production schedule for the long-running children’s educational program, largely due to declining revenues from licensing and DVD sales.

    What’s more, PBS only accounts for about one-third of Sesame Street’s viewership—most kids stream the show and would be unaffected by HBO’s involvement, which would bring in enough money to produce twice as many new episodes per season and spin off new programming."

    Plus this is only a 5 year deal.

    Sesame Street isn't moving to HBO, its being co-broadcast on a different schedule AND with twice as many episodes than before.

    This is progress progressive liberals.
  • metta

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    Aug 23, 2015 9:16 PM GMT
    Even 'Sesame Street' Is Gentrified Now: TV Show Drops Its Radical Notion That the Urban Working Class Are People Too


    Here's why its shift to HBO from PBS is going to dramatically alter its content.





    http://www.alternet.org/culture/even-sesame-street-gentrified-now-tv-show-drops-its-radical-notion-urban-working-class-are?sc=fb