Paul B. Germain is a fantastic documentarian. His first feature, Speedy Delivery, is a look at David Newell, Director of Public Relations of Family Communications, Inc. — or, as you might know him better, Mr. McFeely, the jovial delivery man from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The film is also proof — if you needed any — that both Mr. Newell and Mr. Rogers are exactly as kind and loving in real life as they are on television. Paul’s film is amazing, and is wonderful for anyone who grew up with the Neighborhood, or, in other words, just about all of us. I was very glad I could meet Paul — another kind and loving man — and talk to him about his excellent film, and I can’t wait for his upcoming projects!
Common knowledge is that there are two types of media: Children’s media and Adult media. And while I agree that there are those two types, I argue that there is a third — Everybody media — and more so, that this third should replace what we think of as “Children’s media”.
When I say “Adult media”, I’m not referring to pornography in this descriptor, but rather media that is aimed solely at adults. To that end, I suppose pornography would be included, but it is a mere subset and one I’m not concerning myself with here. Of our media landscape, much of it is Adult; television shows like Dexter feature themes that would be upsetting to younger viewers, or films like the upcoming Frost/Nixon which most children would find dull and uninteresting. There as always been an element of the society that wants to “sanitize” media of the former sort, despite the fact that children are not typically going to attempt to consume media of this type. My favorite example of this is when then-Representative Gerald Ford attempted to impeach Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas for having an article published in the Evergreen Review; though Evergreen did publish nude photos (though clearly of an artistic bent), it was clearly what I think of as “Adult” media, in that not only were the photographs rather few and far between, but the bulk of the content was ultra-dense pages of text concerning political matters and literature; not something a child is going to seek out and be interested in. (More on the Evergreen Review and its publisher Grove Press can be found in the excellent documentary Obscene.)