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Sesame Street: Are Adults Reading Too Much Into The Show?

6:34 PM, Nov 27, 2012   |    comments
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By now almost everyone has heard about the real life drama surrounding Kevin Clash the voice of Elmo.

Here's a new side to the issue written by TIME Magazine's Erika Christakis.

(Time Magazine)-- Many adults who have been tracking the story about Elmo-creator Kevin Clash's departure from Sesame Street might be surprised to learn that they're part of the show's target audience. As the Sesame Workshop explained last year, in response to parental outcry over an apparently risqué Katy Perry segment recorded with Elmo (but not aired), "Sesame Street has always been written on two levels...We use parodies and celebrity segments to interest adults in the show because we know that a child learns best when co-viewing with a parent or caregiver."

It's hard to argue against parent-child bonding, even in TV-watching. And it's understandable that parents feel protective of the show and want to track every real or imagined controversy. The nostalgia factor is high, for one thing, with more than 77 million American adults having watched the series as children. Sesame Street's unique content - a blend of pre-academic skills, social advocacy, and multicultural harmony - also reinforces parents' sense that they are raising good kids and doing their best for them. 

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