1. The Problem with Sesame Street
"Ernie is not dying of AIDS. Ernie is not dying of leukemia. Ernieis a puppet."
They say that immortality is impossible.
lives for-ever. This, evidently, is untrue. There exists a world where therules of death do not apply. They call it the world of television; or rather,
television. Like Eden, death is barred from thisworld. Ask Elmer Fudd or Wile-E-Coyote if they’ve heard of it.Relentless humiliation? Certainly. Punishing pain? You know it.But
? Final, all-consuming, never-to-be-reversed
that lands with a thud and surrenders but a whimper does––not––
. Characters might be phased out and drift from memory, butsudden departures that mimic reality are barred from the land of
Ellen Morgenstern, spokeswoman for Children's Television Workshop in NewYork, quoted in"Surely, no one believes the rat in the soda bottle story," written by RachelJones of Knight-Ridder Newspapers. (Des Moines [Iowa] Register, Dec.1, 1992, p.3T.