6 thoughts on “Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Like Wiggles – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Richard, tell us what you REALLY think….

    Seriously though – thanks for the warning – maybe we’ll be able to avoid this…. With Joella turning 10 months this week – we’ll be needing SOME sort of material – my brother gave us a “Baby Einstein” video – any suggestions for more “tolerable” (for lack of a better word) children’s videos?

  2. I can appreciate where you are coming from, but millions of children can’t be wrong. Maybe it would do you some good to find the kid inside you and stop being such a judgemental, ranting (and from your message- quite frankly a boring) adult. The Wiggles bring fun music for the entire family to enjoy together…certainly better than Barney and are free of the everpresent ‘evil’ characters that your beloved Disney movies possess. CHILL OUT!

  3. Looks like the Wigglephiles are out in force…

    I can appreciate where you are coming from

    No, yr comment indicates that you have absolutely no awareness of “where I am coming from.”

    millions of children can’t be wrong

    Millions of children adore Teletubbies and Thomas the Tank Engine. Tens of millions of children are watching cartoon characters explode on children’s commercial TV. What does that make them? Arbiters of children’s taste? No, it makes them–but even more importantly their parents exemplars of the idea that people gravitate to what is most easily accessible–but usually the most banal & insipid. As a parent you have to work hard at finding good entertainment for your kids. If you go for what is easiest to find or buy you’ll end up with Wiggles.

    Maybe it would do you some good to find the kid inside you and stop being such a judgemental…[sic]

    ‘Judgment’ is one of our human critical faculties & it is just that that is missing from parental decisions about what their children should read or watch. A little more judgment would make our children more cultured, more aware of the world around them, and more kind creatures.

    As for “finding the kid inside me,” you’re entirely ignorant of knowing the first thing about me. I have 3 young children & provide half their child care. I buy most of their videos, CDs, and books. This blog contains numerous reviews of children’s entertainment pointing to fabulous choices parents can make for their kids. This blog contains a translation of a fabulous out of print Sholem Aleichem children’s story written in Yiddish. This blog contains over 100 posts about children and family. Do you think I did all these things because I’m an old codger? Think again. And next time, why don’t you think (& do some research) before you betray yr ignorance for the world to see.

    The Wiggles…are free of the everpresent ‘evil’ characters that your beloved Disney movies possess.

    Maybe that has something to do with the fact that the Disney classic movies (not so much the modern ones though) have gone down in the history of cinema (not just children’s cinema) as some of the greatest entertainments ever created for children. As for the Wiggles–after the last Wiggle has wiggled his last, you’ll find them somewhere in the trashheap of cultural history.

    I’m tickled that you don’t like Disney’s ‘evil’ characters. Besides the fact that it is precisely the vanquishing of those characters which enables goodness to triumph at the end, there are ‘evil’ characters in Disney because there is evil in the world. One of the reasons I hate the Wiggles so much is because they do not reflect anything of the real world. They are entirely divorced from life. They are flat, dull and monochromatic.

  4. At the risk of coming across self-righteous, perhaps it’s opportune to announce that I don’t have a TV, VCR or DVD player in my house. Your expose on dumbing-down programming is definitely part of it.

    Yes I know that the History Channel and PBS occasionally has intriguing stuff but IMO those infrequent occurances doesn’t justify bringing that medium into my home.

    I think as a result, that my children find entertainment from more creativie activities can’t be a bad thing.

  5. thank you! the lyrics are dull, repetetive, and boring. This brand over over-simplified infantile cheer is like shooting your kids up with thorizine. it’s shameless and lame.

    They have no personality or talent (as performers) I will concede that there are probably a lot of kids who don’t live in nurturing, stable homes and so watching the Wiggles brand of la-la-land joy might help them get what they ain’t getting from parents and child minders.

    But at least Barney was always trying to make the kids be positive and kind and dream big for their futures.

    What does the Wiggles give us?
    “Fruit salad, yummy yummy” (repeat 20 times.)
    oh..wait there’s a verse:
    “it’s fun to do it the healthy way/take all the fruit you’re going to eat/it’s going to be a fruit salad treat”

    So…having fruit salad is a “fruit salad treat”?

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