I am 21 years old and I love cartoons. I'm not ashamed. I find them not only mesmerizing and engaging, but they have a kind of inherent virtue that has the ability to inspire us all.
Cartoons teach us about morality and self-discipline. Cartoons help shape and nurture our imaginations. Kids today don't watch enough TV.
I blame myself.
The countless number of freeze-tag games, the overtime spent on the jungle gym, the near-drowning spouts of Marco Polo in the pool, were all played in vain.
The herd of children I have watched over the years could have been learning some important life lessons right in front of the blessed glowing box.
I cannot fully express my sincere gratitude to the geniuses behind Cartoon Network. Twenty-four solid hours of animated revelry. What more could a girl ask for?
I have been a Scooby Doo fan since the dawn of time. Despite all of Scooby's retro success in the past few years, Scooby knows his loyal fans.
The mystery gang and I have solved many a mystery together. We've been skiing together, gone to carnivals, spent time with Sonny and Cher, and though we run into some problems with the caretaker or professor, we always have a good time.
Another cool thing about cartoons is that you are not bound by earthly scenery. Take "The Jetsons," for instance. There aren't many shows that can take you to the moon for a weekend camping trip on a relatively tight budget.
Yet another attribute of our beloved animated entertainment is the lack of controversy.
You don't get many pretentious cartoon characters. Cartoon characters aren't vain, they don't spend every seven months at the Betty Ford Clinic, they don't compromise their bodies and integrity for sleazy photo shoots; cartoon characters are the epitome of decency and I love them all.
Cartoons give and give. They make us laugh and, on occasion, like when they took "Denver the Last Dinosaur" off the air, make us cry.
I want to thank all of the creative juices that have flowed through the pens of the animators and brought many a happy half-hour into my life.
- Rosemary Nottoli is a senior in journalism and can be reached at rnottoli@utk.edu