Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A QUESTION OF HONOR: The Responsibility of the Media in Our Culture

Over the past few weeks in our studies of language we have looked at how the media can manipulate words and images to achieve their own agenda.  We have analyzed their techniques as we have looked at the types of texts, their target audiences and various purposes.  We have also looked at their power.

Like it our not, no matter how cynical we may be about it, the media has power over our culture and society.  It is almost impossible for even the communication experts to distinguish whether we are moving the media or they are moving us.  In my humble opinion, it is probably a little bit of both.

There are a few names in the media who have realized the potential of this power and how incredible it can be if used to inspire.  One of those names is particularly dear to me, and that is Mr. Fred Rogers.  My first memory of Fred Rogers is from when I was four years of age (yes, that was a long time ago!  Hello, seventies!) on his children's television show, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.  I found this clip recently, and two thoughts came immediately to mind.   First of all, no surprise to hear these words from a man of gentle integrity like Mr. Rogers, but more than that, what a perfect supplement to what we are already learning and talking about in our class.

I  hope you will enjoy this clip--this little piece of the past--and that in some way, Mr. Rogers' words will resonate with you.  I am happy to show you a sampling of the kind of man Mr. Rogers was, and what he meant to young children back in the day, and how seriously he took his responsibility as a popular media personality with the influence he had.  I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on what Mr. Rogers says.

Enjoy your day off this week, and please remember our Veterans who have served our country.  They are heroes.  If you live with a Veteran, are related to one, or know one, please pass along my heart-felt appreciation for their service.

I look forward, as always, to your thoughts!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI_9GegVoYk

69 comments:

  1. Television plays such a huge role in people's lives, especially in today's age. I hadn't realized it until I listened to Mr. Rogers words, but TV has such a great influence over me. I find myself watching the programs that interest me, not inform me. At one point, Mr. Rogers talks about people in television being servants and how no matter what their particular job, they all have one goal: to meet the deeper needs of those watching. The news, reality TV, documentaries, movies, shows, etc. all meet a person's needs depending on who they are.

    However entertaining television can be, it can influence society to do negative-or positive-things. Shows like Criminal Minds or Law and Order for example. These programs not only show the actors getting brutally murdered or killed, they show how the killer does it. If someone watched these programs and got ideas on how to kill people, then follow through with that idea, television would be responsible. That's just crazy to think about! On a less severe note, teenagers do it all the time. We watch programs like Teen Mom or Catfish that basically make people famous for doing wrong things. Television has such a strong influence on today's age and can shape who a person is.

    However bad something can be, there's always something better that makes up for it. Even though television has some negative influences on people, there's always a positive side. Shows like Mr. Rogers Neighborhood proves that. By just seeing that one clip, it makes me want to go talk to my neighbor and get to know him. Other movies and shows like Pay It Forward or even America's Funniest Home Videos can have a positive affect on a person. Pay it forward is a movie that can inspire society to do greater and kinder things. AFHV can simply bring joy to a family. Personally, after watching Pay It Forward, it made me want to go help someone in any way that I could. Although media is portrayed as a negative idea sometimes, it can also do a lot of good to a community or society.

    "We all have only one life to live on earth, and through television, we have the choice of encouraging others to demean this life, or to cherish it in creative, imaginative ways." -Mr. Rogers

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  2. You have such a beautiful heart, Alyssa. :) I love your reflection here. Yes, television has SO much potential to do so much good! I love that Mr. Rogers saw that, and thus saw his role as a duty to serve rather than to meet a quota or agenda. I was also inspired by Pay it Forward. Movies like that and people like Mr. Rogers remind us of the good that is out there, and how important it is!

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  3. After watching this video, a couple things stuck out for me. The innocence of the child in the video. You can see it through his facial expressions and the way he talks about his disability. He had such an awful thing happen to him but he comes in smiling. Another thing that stuck out was how Mr. Rogers actually listens to these kids. You can tell he is interested in what they are saying and like Jeffrey Erlanger said to him, "When you tell people it's you I like, we know you really mean it."

    In Mr. Rogers speech, he talks about fame and how what matters most is what you do with that fame. He talks about the way television impacts people's lives and how the famous people on television should use that fame for good. Most people I know watch television to be entertained, no matter how crude or violent it is (I am guilty of this). Most of the time it isn't used to help people or show them how to to good. Mr. Rogers is completely right in showing us that television has so much potential to do some good and his show was a perfect example. This is a man who preaches being kind to one another and he lives by his own words.

    After watching this video it inspired me to click another video that popped up. It was a short of Michael Keaton talking about just what type of guy Mr. Rogers is. He stated that Mr. Rogers is the same type of person on set as he is off set. To me that is just incredible. Mr. Rogers is a great man who really shows us that every life is precious and that we shouldn't waste it. Those, at least for me, are words to live by.

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    1. Wow. This post really makes me proud. :) Well said. I love that you watched the video about Michael Keaton, too. Mr. Rogers was a great man, and you enjoyed him as a child. :)

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  4. I love Mr. Rogers! I do not remember much about his shows as I was very young when I watched his show, but I do remember his trolley, his fish, and his neighbor song. Watching this video clip sent me back a bit and made me realize something I never had before. Mr. Rogers was intent on making people better and teaching young children how to act and feel good about themselves. Seeing how Mr. Rogers acted with Jeff Erlanger was amazing and I nearly cried when watching him sing, “I Like You.” When I was younger I wouldn’t have understood how him singing this song with Jeff would change the perspective of children nationwide. He used this song to essentially explain to children that you should like people based off of who they are not how they look. This is such an important lesson for kids to learn especially when it comes to the handicapped. Many children without realizing it, do not treat those with handicaps the same, but by Mr. Rogers talking to Jeff and singing with him it helps children to understand that he is no different than them.
    I especially loved what Mr. Rogers said about the responsibility of the media. It is so true. The media has a huge impact on the world and this should be used as a gift to better the society, not to show provocative or violent images that cause us to become callous to the troubles in our society. The example he gave of the media’s impact on the 13 year old has not doubt happened several times before and since. After watching this video, I looked at some other clips of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and was both amazed and pleased to find that what he said was not just words or something he did in one episode, but something he strived to do in each episode. He focused on teaching children good values. That is encouraging to see when all you see is bad influence through the media. I am glad Mr. Rogers said what he did and hope more people in the media see it and listen to it.

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    1. If only everyone would see that any job, no matter what, comes with great responsibility. Imagine how different the world would be!

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  5. Mr. Rogers was always by absolute favorite! While watching this I was sent back in time, sparking childhood memories. I remember waking up in the morning, anticipating the episodes. Never did it truly trigger in my adolescent mind, the positive intent and values he instilled in childhood media. Not only from my generation, but generations before and after! Never once did he discriminate, look down upon, prejudice, or disrespect another cast mate. He showed children different perspectives and open-mindedness to all ideas and cultures. To him everyone in the world was one big community in the "neighborhood". Watching this video allowed me to adore Mr. Rogers even more:)

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  6. "Life is cheap, what's it matter?"

    When this was said, I got instantly angered towards that 13 year old boy. How could he even get an idea like this anyway? Well, it was explained in the video. That 13 year old boy had seen it on a television program. There is such trash on the TV in our age today, but I had no idea what kind of affect it could have some children. Looking back 20 or so years, I wouldn't have even imagined a child saying or doing something like this. Don't get me wrong, many programs on TV are great, educational and beneficial to us. Many programs on TV can degrade us and manipulate us, however. There should be more wholesome programs on TV to educate our youth, instead of the pornographic, gruesome programs we have on there today. It's making a world full of 13 year olds like the one mentioned earlier, making it more socially acceptable to go out and do terrible things like this. Who knows, in the next 20 years, will it even be a crime to abduct children? Will any laws change because of our social perspectives as a whole? This video really made me think about the kinds of shows that I watch and how I behave. It makes me think, "How can I be better than the world around me?" It's simple, be the man Mr. Rogers would sing the "I Like You" song to.

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  7. Like Mr. Rogers said, life is not cheap, it is very far from cheap and we need to treat it like that. Unfortunately, we sometimes get the impression that it is cheap and we start to value things that will not end up making us better as individuals. The current mediums from which language is communicated today tend to carry crude and degrading messages and we just don't have as many people like Mr. Rogers in our current generation. Mr. Rogers stood as a figure of heroism and a person for people to look up to or just a good friend that was well aware of his popularity and power. He knew that he could communicate, through his TV show, positive, uplifting messages to inspire children and help them realize their greatness and self worth. The things that inspire kids today are not nearly as positive and guiding. People need to realize the power they have when popular on different forms of media but more importantly, they need to realize what Mr. Rogers stood for, and they should have a more positive influence on children.

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  8. Knowing that a thirteen year old boy thinks that "life is cheap, what does it matter?" Is very depressing to know. Media is controlling our lives and is steering us to think that what is wrong is okay to 'try'. Think of the last thing you watched on television, whether it was good or bad. What if that was the way you started living your life? It's really sad. Say the last thing I watched was the Kardashians (Just bare with me), anyways, if I were to take what they said literally, I would be a closed minded person, who thinks the world revolves around me and the materialistic things that I own. It is a very sad thing to think about. That boy was thirteen years old which isn't much younger than most of us, and he thinks life is something that is cheap and unworthy of caring of.

    The 10 seconds to think about the person that has influenced your life to help you become the person that you are really hit me. Personally, my dad is like my twin. At times I hate him, but most of the time we are the same person, and we keep each other in line, making us the best people that we can be. Without him I would be completely lost and not doing the things I am today to better myself. Everyone has a person that will keep them locked down, and not let outside forces attack their true self.

    Media the way it is today will always be corrupt. It takes all of us to understand that it may influence some of our actions, but it doesn't define who we are. the sooner we realize that and teach it to those younger than us, the faster our world we be a better and safer place to be.

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    1. I love this. You should have your dad read this. What a lovely tribute! :)

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  9. I may or may not have teared up while watching this. He had so much power in his speech. Many others thought so as well, as I looked at the comments of the video. He had such a valid point. Television/media is the source of everything. Although, what ultimately matters is what we do with it. People sometimes find inspiration and motivation from television, either good or bad. They’ll see a character doing something outrageous and they’ll do the exact thing. People, of all ages, learn things from media.
    For example, Mr. Rogers stated, “Life’s not cheap. It’s the greatest mystery of any millennium and television needs to do all it can to broadcast that. To show and tell what the good in life is all about.” Rather than showing fear - show courage and bravery; rather than showing how corrupt our world is - show the good in it. Because life is priceless.
    It’s terrifying to think that people will do anything because of the influences from media. When I think of that, all I imagine is bad. Although, it doesn’t have to be. Media should educate you to be kind-hearted, brave, caring, helpful, respectful and how great life is - even with its ups and downs. Look at Jeff Langer, he has had his ups and downs, but he is still filled with joy and with a smile on his face. TV shows should be used a better, beneficial way. TV shows have so much power that they should be using to touch people's hearts, rather than making them confused.

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  10. I remember watching Mister Rogers when I was younger and that it was always super positive and inspiring. He believes in starting off the young and impressionable with positivity, self confidence and love. He believes that media should be a role model in a sense, promoting goodness and awareness.
    I believe that if Mister Rogers knew what was on T.V. today he would roll over in his grave. In today's media positivity and encouragement is practically nonexistent. Media today is basically promoting nonsense and is teaching children to act ridiculous and never take responsibility for their actions. I think that in today's media there isn't enough people out there like Mister Rogers and that is truly a shame. Children shows today are trash compared to Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Even the "educational" kids shows are absolutely ridiculous. Alas, we can not put all of the blame on media because it is also up to the parents to allow (for the most part) what their child sees and hears. It's practically impossible to completely shield your child's eyes and ears from the harsh inappropriateness of media but it is possible to shield a lot of it.

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  11. This is such a cute video! I loved how happy the boy seemed and how he was able to talk about his disability with Mr. Rogers and he didn’t become sad when sharing his thoughts. I also loved how down to earth the little boy was and he didn’t let his disability get in his way. When Mr. Rogers was giving his speech it really caught my attention when he was talking about the 13 year old boy who abducted the 8 year old because “he saw it on the media” and “wanted to try something new”. it’s crazy to think how much the media influences our daily lives, how we think, act, what we wear, what we say. It blows my mind how the media can even influence you to do things that are morally not okay, like the 13 year old boy who thought “life is cheap”. Life is greatest gift given to us, we all only get one, and I loved that Mr. Rogers said that the media does have the power to demean this life or cherish it. To me, the media has far to much power over peoples lives than it should, and people let it have this power. It is almost terrifying to think of the influence it has because as sad as it is, usually the influence isn’t good. If the media was used to have a positive impact on people, then it could change the world.

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  12. While Mr. Rogers was giving the speech, I was shocked when he told the story of the boy who abducted the little girl. It was surprising that at such a young age, this boy is already having negative thoughts about life saying things like, "Life is cheap what's it matter?" Whether some agree or not, media does have such a HUGE impact on people. Social media has the capability of influencing people's daily decisions. I like how Mr. Rogers responded with the boy's comment saying, Life isn't cheap, it's the greatest mystery of any millennium." This statement is true. Life is such a mystery that you may not even know if you'll wake up and see another day. Life is so unpredictable. Something that stuck out to me in this video was when Mr. Rogers said that television needs to show and tell what the good in life is all about. This stuck out to me because some of what is on television seems to be the opposite of that. It seems to steer away from the idea of showing the good in life and go more towards fame, money, and publicity. Which should not be the main concern in life.

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  13. Although Mr. Rogers and his show were before my time, I can relate instantly to his message and his heart. The way he spoke with Jeff and actually listened to what he said showed that he genuinely cared about him. Both the segment from the show and his speech reveal a man who we need a lot more of on this earth. That aside, what he said about the 13 year old boy who abducted the younger girl clearly tied in to what was posted here, particularly the part about how "Life is cheap, what does it matter?". Now, we have no way of knowing what sort of background the boy came from, whether or not it was wholesome. However, any person who would do that kind of thing, and things like that obviously has a very skewed perspective on the world. The part that was most disturbing was how he said he had been inspired by television. If you look at the shows airing today, it's not hard to see that the quality of the messages, the morals and ideas shown, have gone downhill from when Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood was still running. As stated above, it's hard to tell whether this is a reflection or a catalyst for the moral decay in our society that inspires people like that young boy to commit such acts. I agree with Mrs. Caraway that it's a little of both. Perhaps the media takes the state of our world and processes it into something larger than life, and perhaps it's this exaggeration of what is already present that gives people the idea that their actions are okay. Maybe it is more of a vicious cycle of moral atrophy that is creating this sort of attitude towards life and other people. If only we had more Mr. Rogers to help put people back on the right track.

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  14. I was definitely in tears throughout the entire video. Watching that small clip from Mr.Rogers made me think to myself about how I wish Television would broadcast things like that to this day. I believe social media needs some uplifting thoughts and news. In today's culture no matter what age, all things on social media are not as happy and reassuring as that small eleven minute video of Mr.Rogers.
    When Mr.Rogers had seen Jeffery you could tell he actually cared about him by the way he shot up from his seat, jumped up on stage, hugged Jeffery, and got chocked up. We, as in the world, need more people like this all over social media again.

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  16. One of my favorite things to do after watching any video on Youtube or reading an article on a gossip website is read the comments. Most of the time I picture bored people behind a computer writing every negative thing they can think of. Every comment below on this video are actually very real and down to earth. It's nice to know that videos such as this are still getting attention and good feedback. The way Mr. Rogers treated that boy was very heartwarming. Amongst all of the beautifully said lines in this piece, I believe the biggest moral value in this piece is the value of human respect. Mr. Rogers never looked at him with a boy with a disease but as a friend. They respected each other equally and to me, that was the best part of the video.
    It's true, the media today lacks a lot of values that we saw in the past. I was honored to spend some time in Nashville this week and met some amazing people. One of my favorite things a woman told me who worked in the entertainment industry is the media is one of the most powerful and also one of the most vulnerable industries. If it works, its golden. If it fails, its in the graveyard. What we as a society respond to is what is being put out there. It's a concept I have yet to fully wrap my head around. I do hope the evolution of media moves to a positive and inspiring route compared to the one we are on now.

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  17. I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes as soon as Jeffery was brought to the stage. Honestly I remember watching Mr. Rogers when I was little and my Mom used to watch him too. He was always this happy man who was such a great "neighbor" to everyone and had little puppet friends with him. I don't remember his show really, but I do remember the little song and the train. Watching this clip I recognized his voice and I was so happy, and when Jeffery came out I felt a strong sense of pity for him, seeing him in that state. He was only four, and he spoke so well considering the circumstances. I felt so badly for this little boy, and thought about his parents and how scared they must be for him, and yet he didn't look like he was so miserable. He saw the bright side, of being able to live with this struggle in his health. And then seeing Mr. Rogers and Jeffery again at the awards show, I nearly cried because Jeffery was still alive and well, in his chair, and he looked so happy, and not like a victim I made him out to be. It goes to show that just because we pity someone does not mean that that is how they feel. I know that I would not want people to see me and think, "Oh her life must be so hard." Because how would that make us feel? Less important or incompetent at least.

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  18. I absolutely love Mr. Rogers. There's just a feeling of comfort and hope that he exuded, in his calm manner. I like how he was getting a lifetime achievement award and he took the time to speak with Jeffrey. Even after he took the time to encourage others to do good. Not once did he boast about his show, or place himself in a high position. He simply continued what he had started so many years ago, trying to help others.
    On the side I saw he did a video for 9-11. What stuck out to me was that instead of talking about the negativity of what had just happened, he thanked his audience. He thanked them for making sure their children felt safe. Mr. Rogers was an eternal optimist and role model, who any person should strive to be like.

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  19. Before this clip that I watched, I had never heard Mr. Rogers speak. I'd never seen his show, but I do have one of his books that my grandmother gave to me.
    When he asked us to have a ten seconds of silence to think about all the people who made you who are are, I thought about many people who have had ideas and theories resonate with me and again my grandmother was thought about. Needless to say, we don't always get along but last year she gave me Mr. Roger's book and said, "Read a little every time you get doubtful of yourself. Know that someone is looking out for you."
    I never knew a man could have such an impact on a society as Mr. Rogers. He's been a media presence for as long as I can remember, and a positive one at that. I feel like I should go back and rewatch some of his programs because he was so kind and generous to people, and sometimes we need to be reminded of it. I hope we have a new Mr. Rogers on the air soon, it'd make this generation be a little more kind.

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  20. This eleven minute video had me in the verge of tears.This video made me realize that a lot of people are taking things for granted just because they think " "Life is cheap, what's it matter?". I find that people in today's generation do not care whether a child watches something that makes them act the same way the characters in the show act. These shows influence the way that the children will act be when they grow up. I find myself watching shows that do not inform me about what is going on in today's world, i watch shows that i think are interesting. These kinds of things can influence someone on committing something that is positive or negative. I think that the shows on tv should inform more. Mr. Rogers, was a very good man, he showed people that he cared a lot about Jeffery, just by the way that he was looking at Jeffery when he got up on stage. He also showed people that this life is not cheap. You cannot take things you have for granted because other people do not have it as easy as some people do.

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  21. Wow. I had heard of Mr. Rogers before but I had never seen one of his shows. What a genuinely nice guy! I feel like nice celebrities are becoming harder to find nowadays. So many celebrities throw away their lives and take their fame for granted. There are, however, still some celebrities, like Mr. Rogers, who use their fame and power to inspire and show others how to cherish life. I feel like we've lost many great TV celebrities in this last decade and its very sad.

    In addition, Jeffery is a a really awesome kid! To be in the situation he has been placed in and still be happy and grateful is inspirational. People can learn, from both Jeffery and Mr. Rogers, that life is what you make of it and, no matter what position you are in, life is a gift!

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  22. Mr. Rogers is a person that a lot of people can recognize and relate to. From watching his shows or being exposed to different aspects of his character, people can connect things from his show to their own personal lives. Lessons that help people with life are an example of these. In the video Mr. Rogers describes the 13 year old boy and his remark on life being cheap. The kid said he learned this from a TV program. I think its wrong how a child could be corrupted by Television to the point of kidnapping another child. The full blame isn't on the show, but still it sheds light on what children are being exposed to. The contrast of this idea is the child in the video. He is a very genuine person, and that goes the same with Mr. Rogers. Despite being born with a crippling handicap, he maintains a positive outlook on life. Mr. Rogers takes note of this and says how we all have our "down times" and its up to us to find what makes us happy on our own.

    This is just one example on how these lessons are not only important, but timeless. The show is very old but it gives wisdom that is applicable to everyone. Media outlets of violent nature can be entertaining to watch, but its important to have tie back into reality and understand what's really important to humanity and society.

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  23. Mr. Rogers was a great man and what he did with his life was so incredibly great as well. During his speech Mr. Rogers says,"Fame is a four letter word. And like tape or zoom of face or pain or life or love what ultimately matters is what we do with it." This is such a great quote because it explains that fame may be wonderful, but so many people let it go to their heads. If you acquire fame in any way, he's saying that you have to do something meaningful with it, something that will leave it's mark on the world. Mr. Rogers certainly left his mark on the world and anyone who knew him, or knew of him, cherished him. Everything that he did was caring, and he was such a good influence on everyone that watched him.
    Another thing that Mr. Rogers said during his speech was "Through television we have the choice of encouraging others to demean this life or to cherish it in creative imaginative ways." Television influences our life in so many ways and the media almost always affects our actions. Everyone now-a-days seems to be obsessed with social media and television. The people that we see on social media and television influence our lives and actions so much that if they act poorly, so will society. When people have fame now, they have to treat it carefully and send out a good message to the world. Mr. Rogers was amazing at that and he spread a great message to the world, and so many more people should be like him.

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  24. When I was little, I remember watching a few episodes of Mr. Rogers. From what I could tell about him and his show, and from what I saw here, he was a very genuinely nice person, and his show made a great mark on peoples lives. Television can be a very influential thing, and kids are very influenced by their environment. If kids are receiving dark and grim messages through television, then they will likely find that they have darker thoughts on life, and have ideas like the kid's of life being cheap. I do not, however find that the television is to blame there. I believe that it is the fault of the parents who allowed this kind of message to get into the child's head. At young ages, children should not be given that kind of negativity. They should be encouraged and treated with the kindness that we all deserve. Everyone should be given courage and joy in their lives.

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  25. I think the media has a huge control on what we think about, what we engage in, and what we decide to support and reject. Like so much of the technology today, media can be used for good and evil, Mr.Rogers was certainly not on the evil spectrum of the media and used his media prominence and leadership in a positive and uplifting way. I have a deep respect for influential people that understand that they have the ability to influence others and use that power to influence others to do good in the world. This is very important and I think it could be noticed in today's world, especially when you see the amount of laziness, entitlement, and apathetic attitudes that seem to stem from "famous" individuals that either don't realize their influence on others or don't care. I believe if people stopped looking inward at themselves so much and instead looked outwards, as did Mr.Rogers, to help others, people would be happier overall.

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  26. Let me start off by saying there needs to be more people like him out in the world. These are the kinds of people that make a difference in the world. I found Mr. Rogers statement regarding the media and television to be so true. The media should be showing more of the adventure that life is. The media has such a huge impact on the youth , that it needs to be putting these positive ideas out there, instead of such negativity. There needs to be more individuals like Mr. Rogers on TV. He was such good influence on kids, and brought so much positivity to life. Our world is in critical need for a positive influence like him. May he rest in peace.

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  27. Mr. Rodgers is a name I have heard many times from adults around me, but I haven't had the chance to watch him before now. I know that he is recognized for his wisdom and kindness while teaching children on a T.V show. I personally really liked this chosen video. My favorite part is when he talks about how life isn't cheap. Everyone has a right to be who and what they want, and nobody should judge. Life would be so much easier if we could all just accept each other. Children, these days watch movies and cartoons that show little respect for other people, where violent activities are not frowned upon, but embraced. I honestly wish I could have been able to see some of the cartoons my father and mother grew up watching. When they hear about them, they smile and say "Oh gosh, I used to watch this as a child, It was my favorite" and when I try to think of my favorite childhood show, one never comes to mind because I always thought they were too annoying or repetitive. Mr. Rodgers has thousands of people who love him, and I'm glad i got to watch this clip. He is a genuinely caring person. WE could use some more of those.

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  28. I was amazed at how lively Jefferey Erlanger was as a boy even with his disability. He did not cared that he was in his wheelchair and when he shared the story of when he got his first wheelchair that was so sweet. That little boy was so happy and grateful when he had his chair given to him. He was also very bright he knew the words and how to pronounce them that the doctors had told him. He knew his doctors names and what they each did as well as to how they helped him. I thought it was just a very different look on to his intelligence.
    When Mr. Rogers was at the awards show and saw Jefferey grown up it was like one of those priceless moments. His face expression had shown it all, he was extremely happy and amazed probably that his former guest of his show was there. I think it was so sweet that he showed up to see Mr. Rogers.

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  29. Oh, the nostalgia! I remember very little of Mr. Rogers, but what I do, I look back upon with great fondness. It was really sweet watching how lovingly he treated young Jeff, then fast forwarding to how eagerly he climbed the stage (he just hopped up on there!) to greet him again. Mr. Rogers teaches a lot of wonderful lessons, and this video is no exception.

    Also, I loved this: "'I dunno what it means.' 'But you sure can say it!'"
    I have to say that's pretty much me every day! ;D

    All sweetness aside (it was very touching, I teared up towards the end), Mr. Rogers brought up a great point. When he mentioned the thirteen year-old that called life 'cheap', I realized something: The media today IS cheapening life. Lives are instantly lost, signified only by numbers. On tv, or in a movie, people are murdered, tortured, massacred, etc. and the main characters consider nothing about it. Why don't we consider the lives of others anymore? Are other people simply insignificant background characters on the silver screen we call life, simply there to shallowly further our own progress? We've become so detached as a society; I mean, how many of you really even know and care about your neighbors, or the people you see in the hallways? Something that I like to do while I'm bored out in public is to watch strangers, especially when two have a surprise encounter and catch up with their friends. I wonder: What's their stories? How did these paths entwine, and to what extent? It can be fun to come up with backgrounds for strangers, making them relatable.

    "We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' There are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes."
    ~Mr. Rogers

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  30. Wow. I remember watching Mr. Roger's Neighborhood on PBS as a kid. Why can't there be shows like this today? That's coming from a person who has seen a wide variety of television shows. I can't think of one show produced in the last 10 years that has proven to be comparable to Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.

    Television producers are definitely "cool hunters". They find what society wants/looks for and they give it to them. Now a days, the results are usually shows like Naked and Afraid, which, in my opinion, is so incredibly ridiculous. Why do they need to be nude? First of all, that tells a lot about society. Second, it tells a lot about the sexualization within the media.

    Regardless, Mr. Roger's words could not have been more true. The television industry has incredible power. Hundreds of millions of people devoted to this form of media on a daily basis; listening and watching with extreme interest.

    I fear that television has become so thoughtless. Something we devote so much time to is just a medium to which we can pass time and forget about life for a moment. Can you imagine if we had inspirational television shows take over television? What if channels showed TED Talks? We need shows that touch the heart. We need shows that remind us of our potential as humans; shows that remind us to "love each other at least as much as we love ourselves." Something that holds so much power and influence like TV, needs to promote messages like this.

    This video was so heart warming. I've seen it before on Facebook, which demonstrates the connection between social media and television. I hope this video gets around to producers so they can radically change the industry.

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  31. First off, I loved watching this clip. Mr. Rogers was a very large part of my childhood and this brought back so many memories. However, like the majority of people have previously stated, the boy's words really resonated with me. It's upsetting to think about how some people really do view life as "cheap" or meaningless or an abundance of other horrible things. I believe that a lot promotes that though.

    Television programs, movies, social media...it all plays a role in how people think and how they perceive life, especially young children. If there were more inspirational and uplifting messages being broadcasted across the media as a whole, maybe children wouldn't say things such as this. Life isn't "cheap" in my opinion and hopefully one day others will understand this, ESPECIALLY the youth of this world.

    Going back to the video though, it amazes me how honest and genuine Mr. Rogers is. I remember learning a lot from him when I was younger and I wish more of the current shows were like this. While we do have some children's programs (Girl Meets World, for example) that really focus on the authenticity and kindness of humanity and how we can learn from one another, the majority of shows are nothing like this. I hope that one day more media outlets can be more like Mr. Rogers once was.

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  32. When I heard the boy's story, it just broke my heart. To think that this little boy couldn't experience life normally just broke my heart. But when he shared his positivity about his experience, it lifted my spirits. He didn't feel handicapped, he felt blessed to have a life and to have a wheelchair. He was so excited for his wheelchair! It was the cutest thing ever. Jeff knew the situation he was in, but it didn't stop him at all or crush his spirits. He lived life like any little boy would.

    I also really liked what Mister Rogers said, which was how we have love, the ability to care, and kindness and how it's our job to determine whether we use those abilities or not. I also liked, like everyone else above, how he said that life isn't 'cheap', that it's a mystery that we still haven't discovered yet. I also liked how he said that the media should broadcast the mystery of life more and how the media should show what the good things are in life and what they mean. And also, to cherish the good things in life.

    Lastly, I liked how he talked about how we should treat our neighbors like we treat ourselves. I liked that he said that because it's something that I believe in and something the church has taught me, to love my neighbor as myself. I don't know if Mister Rogers is religious or anything, but he pretty much understands how to love people like God did, and I don't think many people know how, or are willing, to do that.

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  33. I personally believe that in this vast growing culture of ours that the media plays an enormously crucial role in the development of our youth, probably even more so than it has ever been. And that can come across as a good or bad thing. Kids are now becoming hyper aware of their surroundings because of the constant flow of media and it quite frankly terrifies me. Now kids have very strong opinions on topics they no nothing about and they think this because they saw a Youtube video on and they thought that the guy in it seemed "Smart" so they followed his point of view. It's unsettling. We are being taught to think as robots. Not individuals. Not to say we cant, because today I have seen that people are just a little nicer, just a little more tolerating, just a little more caring. And that's what we should look at when we look at topics such as this. Not just the bad. But the good as well!

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  34. Media has a huge impact on society and today's culture, whether it be social media or television broadcasting. Mr. Roger's Neighborhood is a great example of the impact media has on society. Just to see how much he impacted the little boy Jeff Erlanger in a positive way brought tears to my eyes during my independent studies.Media needs more people like Mr. Roger's because of what a great person he is, when he speaks he seems sincere. As if he cared deeply about pleasing the viewers, which is a great quality most television host do not posse today. The media can also be portrayed in bad ways, showing acts of violence or a heavy amount of profanity on television can have a negative effect on tv. Which is why I feel we need more Mr. Rogers in todays society to spread the good vibes my generation need

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  35. This video can really speak volumes about how media effects us on a daily basis. The story about the child was really heartbreaking and it isn't a very comforting thought to know that people take life for granted when they should be cherishing it like this child is. Mr.Rogers actually was never a part of my childhood, but just in this video it's easy to tell that he is a very intelligent man that really thinks about how his craft affects those around him.

    I found it very impressive how he showed how media can effect our lives, especially in the lives of children, in a subtle way with the child. You probably wouldn't have caught that at first glance, but if you really think about it, that episode can scream to you what television can do to you. He really explains it well in his speech. I love how he says that being on television means that you have a duty to the youth and to all around you to teach good. He shows us that television and media impacts our lives in many ways, and overall dictates our lives as a whole. It's almost as if he tells all media out there that they have two choices: do good with the media you are portraying or do bad with the media you are portraying. He really shows that the media has the power of our lives in their hands, and he has done good deeds with it, now it's their turn to do good with it as well. Very well spoken Mr.Rogers.

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  36. This video can really speak volumes about how media effects us on a daily basis. The story about the child was really heartbreaking and it isn't a very comforting thought to know that people take life for granted when they should be cherishing it like this child is. Mr.Rogers actually was never a part of my childhood, but just in this video it's easy to tell that he is a very intelligent man that really thinks about how his craft affects those around him.

    I found it very impressive how he showed how media can effect our lives, especially in the lives of children, in a subtle way with the child. You probably wouldn't have caught that at first glance, but if you really think about it, that episode can scream to you what television can do to you. He really explains it well in his speech. I love how he says that being on television means that you have a duty to the youth and to all around you to teach good. He shows us that television and media impacts our lives in many ways, and overall dictates our lives as a whole. It's almost as if he tells all media out there that they have two choices: do good with the media you are portraying or do bad with the media you are portraying. He really shows that the media has the power of our lives in their hands, and he has done good deeds with it, now it's their turn to do good with it as well. Very well spoken Mr.Rogers.

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  37. I think Mr Rogers is amazing. It's always heartwarming when people genuinely care about the people they influence, indirectly or not. Many people on tv just care about the fame or the paycheck or being a part of that world. It's good to see that some people care about changing the world, especially by enriching the minds of the youth. Kids are impressionable and their minds are molded in their childhood, so it's important to monitor what goes into their minds. If more people thought the way Mr Rogers did, there would be more good in the world.

    It was also sad about the boy who thought life was cheap, and that his actions were influenced by tv. This life is all we have, and throwing it away is sad. We should all live our lives to the fullest and respect others' lives at the same time.

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  39. Just as Mr. Rogers had a responsibility within the media so do we. Each and everyone of us have been influenced by the media in some way, shape or form. Even if our contributions back is very small we need to do our part in making sure we've used it responsibly because even a little in the way of wrong can have a negative impact on someone else.
    I remember I too used to watch Mr. Rogers when I was a child. I was so young I can't exactly recall a particular episode of his program, but I do remember that he was always so gently happy and always promoted the better sides of ourselves. I actually do remember watching the particular part with the boy in the fancy chair but its different seeing it now that I'm older. At first I started to doubt the sincerity of Mr. Rogers but as I saw him gaze into that boys eyes while he both spoke with him. It's easy to doubt Mr. Rogers sincerity because he has so many true lessons for us to learn we might get caught up in whether his words were simply scripted or if he truly meant them. I believe he did. The way he carries himself and the manner in which he expresses himself is truly humbling and can make you reflect to try to learn and grow in your own life. I'm thankful for Mr. Rogers and what he tried to do with the gift he was given for he truly lived by example. We do only have one life to live and we need to do all we can with the gifts we've been blessed with (even if we feel they're so different) to try to make ours and more importantly the lives around us better. It is a struggle yes but even little Jeff Elengers made his struggles into a blessing!

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  40. I always loved to watch Mr.Rogers as a kid! He always sent a positive message through the media. You could tell that Mr.Rogers was indeed very delighted when he saw Jeffery. I thought that this was a very powerful video.

    Television nowadays can have a positive and negative effect on our lives. I feel like T.V. impacts a big part of our lives. For example, a positive impact can be that people watch a show like Grey's Anatomy and the doctors can influence us to become a Doctor so that we can help saves people's lives.

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  41. Mr. Rogers is one of the many great powerful people we have seen on television. I agree that the television has a great influence on us but I also feel that it is as if we too influence it. If we are negative or positive the media will try to abide by those decisions and alter in order to satisfy the viewer. I feel as if Mr. Rogers did both, he satisfied his audience yet he showed people important and meaningful things that we may have never portrayed interest for. These messages educated us and made us more open minded and positive. The little boy in the video explained his condition in a way that it seemed almost insignificant and he remained happy and continued his life just as strong. He informed people and Mr. Rogers listened to him so intrigued and accepting. This then might have impacted the viewers to be more understanding towards others. I know that for me I was so delighted hearing Mr. Rogers interest in the boy, it inspired me to be compassionate with others as well. Although the media has a great impact on us, it’s our choice of how we desire to interpret it.

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  42. Sadly, I've never seen or heard of Mr. Rogers till now and I wish I had been able to before. We need more people like this in our world, especially those who have the ability to spread it fast and quickly through social media. Kindness and helping others speaks to me in very personally.
    Mr. Rogers seems very sincere and it shows that he cares a lot about others. I love how he says to love your neighbors. Personally I think just smiling or saying hi to someone even if you don't know who they are can make them happy. Especially if they are having a bad day or a hard time.
    This truly inspires me. Since I was 5 years old, I always dreamt of being a fashion designer and it barely hit me a few months back that my dream is to become a doctor and help others. There isn't any other feeling than knowing you have helped someone.

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  43. This is a good example of how shows can be targeting at a specific purpose but you don't even realize the exact purpose. Especially when I was younger I used to watch that show, I didn't think oh wow he must be trying to get people to do good. I just watched it and probably had no idea what I was watching. If mr Rogers was about doing drugs and being bad it might have influenced me in a very different way and I wouldn't have even noticed. When you watch something for a long period of time it really does have an influence on you and you probably won't even realize it at first. Media has a huge impact on our generation and how we talk, what clothes we wear, etc. I find it weird that this is the type of shows my generation grew up watching but yet most of us turned out the opposite of being nice and doing good and helping others. It's weird to think about. I think that if we had more popular shows like this then maybe it would cause a change.

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  44. I think what Mr. Rogers had to say was very inspiring. I think he was exactly right when he was talking about how fame influences individuals and affects who they are. I think that now and days famous individuals know they have an influence, but don't necessarily care if the things that they are portraying to the public are good. But I also feel that the things they those individuals are doing are good in their eyes and that people should do the same as them. I think that the definition of good influence in the media needs to be redefined and then repromoted as Mr. Rogers was talking about. It is almost as if certain people can only be famous as long as they hold a certain standard. However, again I think that what Mr. Rogers was doing on his show was very inspiring and should be taught as a method in the media.

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  45. I love what he had to say about fame and how it is only a word. But from what we have learned in English the past few years, words have immense and unbelievable power. It is almost as if his entire speech at the end was displaying the power behind the word fame and he was able to show what power it had with the impact he had on the person in the wheelchair. It also shows the power of words through how he just talked to the kid in the wheelchair like they were friends which alone made him happier than any gift possibly could. I thought that alone was amazing.

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  46. Mr. Rogers is such a great, influential, and kindhearted man who thinks of others before himself. He has all the ideal characteristics everyone should aspire to possess, which is why so many of us look up to him as a role model for ourselves and our society. I teared up while watching this video because it was sad and touching at the same time. It is rare these days to find someone like Mr. Rogers, which is why he is one of a kind and will always be remembered.

    He realized the power of influence that television has over the world, and he took that and made it positive instead of negative as the majority of television is today. Just imagine if more people were like him, how the world of media would change for the better. We need more people with a heart as pure as Mr. Rogers' so that less people feel the way that thirteen year old boy felt, that life is cheap and meaningless. We all need some inspiration to know that life is so much more, and that we were all put on this Earth for a reason.

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  47. WOW, this video was such an eye-opener. Mister Roger's has made so many lasting impressions, not only on Jeffrey Erlanger, but also on his past viewers. What is most inspiring to me is that Mister Rogers seems to have been almost exactly the same off-screen as he was onscreen. He is genuinely caring and kind-hearted, which we don't see very often...

    A quote from this video that stood out to me was, "... we are chosen to help the deeper needs of those who watch and listen" (Rogers). Mister Roger's was always well aware that the "real world" was not like the "neighborhood", but he wanted people to understand, and learn how to treat everyone with respect. Almost everyone loved Mister Rogers, because he loved everyone, unconditionally. This video is an excellent reminder that words and actions do effect people's lives. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  48. What a precious video. It was a truly beautiful thing to see the scene where Jeff and Mister Rodgers were singing together. It was the fact that someone took time out of their life to make someone else feel special, that spoke to me. It was perfect to see Jeff surprise Mister Rodgers on stage and return that moment. There was so much truth to his speech. The distorted messages of television today seem to justify actions, and that should not be the case. Life is NOT by any means cheap and it's a bit difficult to make someone see that. Over time, television evolved to reflect their audience. It almost resembles how the "cool hunters" twisted the fashion they saw and re-sold it to their respective consumers. No one wants to see what they need to see, because they beg for what they want to see. It's a shame, really, but we shouldn't be so easily influenced, either.

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  49. I found this video very moving. It helped me realize what's truly important in life. I've never seen one of Mr. Rogers' shows before, but I have heard of him. The minute the video started playing I was already intrigued because he seemed to put the little boy before himself, and the whole scene was overall very positive. Even though the little boy was sick and explaining his condition, the scene didn't make it out to be a bad thing, which I find truly inspiring. I instantly felt good after watching the first clip. I really agreed with what Mr. Rogers had to say about fame and how television and the industry can influence us today. When I was a child, I would never feel bad about myself or who I was. As I grew older, I began to watch new programs, and surround myself with different media. I found myself feeling worse and worse about myself and the situations life put me in. This video reminded me that what the industry displays isn't what we should live by. Fame isn't as big a deal as we make it out to be. Everyone loved Mr. Rogers because he genuinely loved everyone himself. What you put out, will come back to you, and that is why I think its important that we have more people like him in media today. Its nice to see someone spreading positivity, because it makes you want to spread the love yourself.

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  50. It was interesting watching the clip before the awards show or whatnot after, I was more confused by it then anything because I don't have the kind of context that you may have. However, it was cute watching the young boy come back when he was older for that night to spend it with Mr. Rogers. It was also awesome to see his reaction when the grown boy rolled on stage. Moving on to what he said about fame and the TV. I don't relate to this much, because I'm never glued to a TV, i don't see commercials often if at all, and i don't have my regular TV show like most people have. So it isn't fully true for me. I learned to cherish my life from my parents and their hardships from their childhoods, and from my own hardships as well. But what he said has some good meaning behind it. The people who control the media and put out media have the ability to inspire and change the lives of others. Dove likes to do this a lot with empowering girls and such. The people who really deal with this are the ones who spend a set amount of time watching these programs. It amazes me to watch some people who are obsessed with the idea of looking one way and not just being who they are or being happy with what they have. This man to me looks like one of the most selfless and grateful people, and i think that's an even greater lesson to take from this. However, my view is a lot different then others, because I'm someone who couldn't care less what the media tries to throw at me. So I think it really depends on the person and how much TV they actually watch and who they are exposed to throughout their life that changes their outlook on things..

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  51. I'm honestly on the verge of tears after watching that. That was such a beautiful video. How he came back after that time and sang with him gah. Just wow. Mr. Rogers is so awesome and that little boy has such a wonderful, kind spirit, especially for a person in his position. On the point of it being Veteran's day and it's weekend, I am so thankful that there are people brave enough to put their lives on the line for their country. I lost one of my cousins during the war in Iraq and it made a huge impact on my family. Although he will be missed, I'm so grateful for his commitment and love for others that he gave up his life. Back to the video, The little boy seemed so happy and caring on screen, but I also agree with what Ashley has to say. I think what matters most is what happens back stage and off the cameras.

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    1. Yes! Christian and I watched another video that came up with Michael Keaton talking about Mr. Rogers, and he said after working with him, that he was always the same off stage as he was onstage. :) There is hope!

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  52. I did not think I was going to be able to sit through a twelve minuet video about Mister Rodgers. However, it was the most amazing video I have seen in a while.

    "Treat out neighbor as we treat ourselves" is truly an amazing thing to say to put humanity into perspective; sometimes it's nice to hear advising words to get a new handle on yourself. I think Mister Rodgers was a good example of how the media can conduct itself publicly. (Though I have not seen his television show, I know that Mister Rodgers sought after kindness and respect.) I understand that some people might be skeptical of him due to his fame concerning the media. However, it's important to cherish media stars not based off of how they present themselves. But what they say to connect with their audience. Because at the end of the day, the most important point any media star can make is to impacts their audience.

    I think what we are missing in media nowadays is positivity. Instead of complaining about how messed up the media is nowadays and how we wish it would change, Mister Rodgers reminds us to surround ourselves in the goodness of humanity and allow the media to influence us to become better versions of ourselves rather then unattainable products of the 21st century.

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    1. I know, right? It was great. He was such a gentle spirit who used his influence to encourage. A breath of fresh air.

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  53. The speech that Mr. Rogers gave at the beginning of the video was amazing. The way he made the little kid feel just using his words strengthens what we have been learning for the past few years. It showed how powerful words can be and how helpful they can be when used in a positive light.

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  54. The video was very touching. I used to love Mr. Rodger's when I was younger so it was very sentimental to see this.
    Our media is so negative and I try to always keep the things I post positive so that it doesn't leave a bad view. When I read negative things on facebook and twitter I lose everything in my body. I end up feeling drained and empty. If our media was filled with more gratitude and positivity I believe our world would be a better place.

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  55. The speech Mr. Rogers gave was very good. It's horrible hearing the kid's story in the video, and how he can't live his life normal like I can. It was really touching how Mr. Rogers used words to make the kid feel better, and make him seem like just a normal person. I used to watch Mr. Rogers as a kid, and I remember his show being my favorite when I was younger. I always thought he was really nice when I was watching it, and the tone of his voice was soft which made him seem like a nice person to me. When he received the award in the video, I thought he deserved it for all he's done in his life. I was sad when he passed away, but his words will live on.

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  56. I already did this blog on Sunday, but it did not save for some annoying reason. So here it is again :D.
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    OH MUH LORDE IT'S MY CHILDHOOD. Hi there Neighbor!
    So the reason that things like this aren't shown on T.V. today is because we have lost our sentiment to people who are less fortunate. It used to be that everyone was wiling to give time and energy to help the boy seen here. Nowadays people think that people who are disabled like that are weird and it makes them uncomfortable. Mr. Rodgers is a perfect example of a culture shift. Then we would have spoken kind words to hope that the kid gets better, now we hope and pray they don't come by to make things awkward.

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  57. Oh my goodness, I'm literally tearing up right now. Mr. Rogers was the sweetest man ever! It's quite astonishing and impressive, the impact he had on viewers just like ourselves. But most importantly, the impact he had on those who were/are completely different from us. He's so right when he said that media helps fulfill deeper meanings for the viewers. Media changes us greatly, in both positive and negative aspects. It's best to be the positive, no matter how hard it is, try to have the mindset of Mr. Rogers. Yes we only have one life on this earth, but with television/Netflix/Youtube, Mr. Rogers will have more lives than any of us. He made his show count. This video was a great refresher and motivation to be better, be kind. I love it.

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  58. After watching this video, I take a second to reflect on the world I live in today, and I can definitely say the world is in need of more people like Mr. Rogers. While I was very touched, and moved by the spirit and positivity of handicapped, 4 year old Jeffrey Erlanger, there was a greater message that stood out to me. That being, "... we are chosen to help the deeper needs of those who watch and listen" (Rogers). I strongly believe that the media holds immense power and influence over everyone. Not just the young generation. What I have seen that the media lacks as it grows is consideration of what kind of impact it is leaving. Mr. Rogers is a prime example of responsibility. Responsibility to spread positivity and good messages with his power.

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  59. So i have a different perspective right off the back. I have a uncle who is just like this young boy, except my uncle doesn't have the ability to talk or move as well as thing young man does. But the fact that even in 1999, before we had facebook, before we had any of the social media sights that we have today, young children were taught to embrasse their differences. They dont have this other world that most kids hide behind when they can be rude to other human beings. I do miss this show a lot and I miss when times were easier. I do miss when stuff like this show use to be on tv.

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  61. This was a very powerful video for me. When I was very little I watched Mr. Rogers all the time. Being older now I can see the genuine kindness and love Mr. Rogers had for others (teared up a bit when he met jeff again at the ceremony). What he said stands very true today. Television and other media is powerful influential force. That being said it makes me all the more sad to observe what it has become. I’m certain Mr. Rogers wouldn’t be very happy seeing what is on TV these days. Very rarely do you come across shows that show you the values of what make life good and how we should treat others and in most cases it is the exact crude opposite. Media started by being influenced from the people but now it is people that are influenced by the media. They way they present certain things or what they choose to present greatly impacts those who view it. There is still some influence going the other way since media needs to know what we want to see but they can present it however they want. People today don’t know how to sift through it and think for themselves or have critical thought. Whatever the media’s opinion is on something usually influences how many other people view that topic. It is scary.

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  62. (I seriously had no idea I was this behind on blogs! Kind of alarmed right now)

    I never had the privilege of growing up with Mr. Rogers, or even knowing who he was, until a couple years ago, (embarrassingly enough) through an episode of Epic Rap Battles of History. Now I see it was probably not a great representation of him, but he definitely won the battle.
    I think Mr. Rogers is the kind of Great Uncle, that everyone needs in their life. One who drops by and gives bits of wisdom, and then gives you cake.
    He made a good point about those woth fame trying to make a positive impact on million of people everywhere. However, I have always struggled with that notion. I think you should be a pretty decent role model, to the best of your abilities if you're in that power.
    But, I think I have to stand behind, knowing and seeing that these people are just that, people. Who do not deserve the cameras in their face all the time, because they're human; they're going to make mistakes. And with that constant media attention, any mistake is broadcasted to the whole world. Along with that, just because they are in some type of spotlight, doesn't mean that they asked for a life of censorship, and Mr. Rogers easy going, happiness.
    We have to be careful with the current stars. Because to much pressure for perfection will cause what could have been a diamond, to explode. But not enough, and you'll always be stuck with a lump of coal that could have been so much more.

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