Can autotune make PBS cool?
PBS recently hired video mash-up artist melodysheep (given name: John D. Boswell) to create “Mr. Rogers Remixed: Garden of Your Mind,” a video compiling moments in the iconic kids’ show that always encouraged us to use our imaginations. And the video is, surprisingly, really cool. Perhaps it tickles my nostalgia bone just enough to be effective, but upon finding out that this is the first of many PBS mash-ups, I can’t help but get excited.
The video, released on PBS’s Facebook page today, is the beginning of a campaign to raise awareness of PBS, broaden its appeal and to celebrate the people who have been featured on the network. And the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Countless requests of an mp3 of the song have been submitted, in addition to the enthusiastic comments and re-shares.
In fact, I’m tempted to “Like” PBS on Facebook right now. Do I dare? Either way, props to PBS for reminding us of how great it was to be a kid when Mr. Rogers was our neighbor.