My name is Hannah Miller. I am a freelance writer, based in San Francisco. I've posted in here to gather opinions for an essay I'm writing.
The essay is about about "Sesame Street," and its impact on people in my age group (20-35). One of the effects I am trying to write about is that of the image of the city, as presented in the show - an image I think was swallowed wholesale by many viewers. About 3 in 5 members of this age group watched Sesame Street in enormous doses while growing up.
I have a pet theory that Sesame Street was actually responsible for giving us a positive image of what city life was like, at a very impressionable age (3-6 years old). The show was such a huge hit, and millions of kids were parked in front of it. I think it's part of what people expect a city to be like now. From anecdotal evidence, I sense that there is a very large group of people who grew up in the suburbs and moved to the city in their twenties, since the mid-80s, and I wonder if SS didn't contribute to this.
In addition - since I am a layperson - I was wondering if SS has even had any effect on actual design/planning?
I'd love to hear some thoughts on this. Feel free to post, or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for your time!