Mr. Rogers and the Garden of Your Mind

Mr. Rogers and the Garden of Your Mind June 22, 2012

Longtime readers of this blog may recall the fondness and respect Chris and I have for Fred Rogers, the Presbyterian minister and educator from Pittsburgh who invited us all to be part of his TV neighborhood. In a recent Q essay on the “Ten Most Significant Cultural Trends of the Last Decade,” Andy Crouch listed Place at #2, writing, “This quest for local, embodied, physical presence may well be driven by the omnipresence of the virtual and a dawning awareness of the thinness of disembodied life.” It is fun to speculate – and speculation is all it can ever be – that Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which aired about 900 episodes over nearly 45 years, baptized the imaginations of several generations of young people, giving them a glimpse of what local, embodied presence can look like.

Chris and I were thus both delighted to see a recent PBS Digital Studios video of “Mister Rogers Remixed.” It’s called “Garden of Your Mind” and it’s a reminder of some of the reasons we all loved Fred Rogers so much. The video has gone viral, as the kids say, with nearly 5 million views on YouTube in just two weeks. What do you think? Bizarre? Awesome? Maybe both?

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