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January 23rd, 2004, 06:27 PM
What if Fred Rogers never became a television personality? Would public television still exist today? Would Sesame Street have gained the popularity it did following Mr Rogers Neighborhood? How would this fundamentally change our society?
January 23rd, 2004, 06:49 PM
That's hard to say. I would think that Sesame Street would lose a good amount of the attention it had in OTL as a result though, as would a lot of PBS.
January 23rd, 2004, 07:07 PM
This is the first I've heard of him so I doubt he would have much effect not existing.
January 23rd, 2004, 07:44 PM
I think without him both public television and Sesame Street would be in a much more difficult situation than they are now as he brought many viewers to those stations he was on. You could also see some smaller effects on people's personalities as he had a large influence on many children's attitudes over the course of i believe 30+ years.
January 23rd, 2004, 08:49 PM
Hmmm...how could we get rid of Mr. Rogers? I think he was an ordained Presbyterian minister...perhaps he becomes a clergyman full-time.
We could have him reappear in some kind of Presbyterian dispute if we wanted to do a TL where public TV isn't as big (assuming Mr. Rogers's TV show means smaller PBS).
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