Re: virus: Matrix...and teletubbies

Gabriel Frazee (
Tue, 06 Apr 1999 22:06:06 -0400

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My big gripe is that television is the downfall of society and they are making it cute...

christina whitbread wrote:

> I hope it's ok just to jump in.
> My problem with Teletubbies is this, they are age appropriate only
> for children 1yr old and slightly above, yet children above the
> target range watch these program and get little or no valuable
> information from them. They aren't taught anything. What's more two
> and three year olds who watch them develop poor verbal skills. This
> isn't the programming's fault by any means. It is the fault of the
> consumer who choses to submit these characters for their children's
> consumption. There is a point where you have to separate learning
> from television.
> ----Original Message Follows----
> From: "Tim Rhodes" <>
> Reply-To:
> To: "Church of Virus" <>
> Subject: Re: virus: Matrix...and teletubbies
> Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 14:26:19 -0700
> The noted Dr Sebby wrote:
> >....If repetitive 'uh-oh's' and 'ooh-la's' constitute 'good
> programming'
> >for children(1yr olds or not) then why bother educating them when
> they
> >get older?
> You might want to familarize yourself with the voluminous data on
> developmental stages in early childhood learning. 1-3 year olds
> learn in
> much different ways than, 5-8 year-olds or, say... a 12 year-old
> with a
> fake lightsaber. A program aimed at the way a 2 year-old learns is
> going to
> be vertually insufferable for an adult to watch (tried sitting
> through a
> whole episode of Mister Rogers, lately?). If you liked the
> Teletubbies (and
> you're not stoned) it would mean either they were missing their
> target age
> group or you were a very, very "challenged" individual.
> It just wasn't made for your brain.
> > The one 'teletubbie' episode i had the chance to see seemed like
> an
> >experiment in fostering infant stress/frustration....basically, there
> >was this one teletubbie...lets call him dipsy for sake of
> >argument...anyway, he wanted to do something fun, a game or
> something -
> >it doesnt matter...but every time he started in on his 'fun project'
> >some computer 10ft away would indicate a problem requiring resolution
> > he would relunctantly abandon his 'fun project' and
> >slooooowwwwly plod over to said computer, hit a few buttons and be
> >rewarded with a beep of approval indicating that everything was ok
> >now....he would then, with great impatience, sloooooowwwwly trundle
> back
> >to his 'fun project' and attempt to begin this 'fun' activity....but
> >every time he would commence doing this 'fun' thing, the computer
> would
> >have a problem again, and he would have to go back and sort it out,
> >etc.......Well, it went on repeating this annoying and frustrating
> >process about 10 times - all the way through the fact he
> >never did succeed in permanently resolving the computer's
> problems...the
> >show ended with everyone completely irritated, frustrated and
> >dissatasfied
> Sounds like a good life lesson for the little future workers of the
> world to
> grasp, no? Much more effective than going to work with Mommy or
> Daddy for a
> day, I suspect too.
> -Prof. Tim
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