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Jaded? Cynical? Blame Sesame Street

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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BOYZ IN THE HOOD Bad Sesame Streeters

Why, Gen-X'er, did you become a flannel-wearing faux liberal, trusting (in theory) of the good will of your Socialistically like-minded fellow citizens but actually rendered cynical by a much grimmer reality you encountered in adult life?

Sesame Street. It totally fucked you up.

In a story from the Sunday Times magazine we've admittedly overlooked until now, TV writer Virginia Heffernan files a rarefied piece on the first two volumes of Sesame Street, now out on DVD, and the warning message they bear: "These early Sesame Street episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today's preschool child."

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