Wowza: CBS’s Kid Nation

[Note: GRRRRRAHHHH! Silly CBS and Wonky WordPress won’t get along. You’ll have to follow the link to the vid. Sorry 😦 ]


and if that doesn’t work, go here and look for Kid Nation on their new block (preview): 

Basically: School-o-kids, 8 – 13, boys & girls… dumped in a movie-set (my theory) wild west town… no adults (save the camera crew and no doubt health experts in the wings)… no rules (yet)… Can they fix chaos and reign supreme? Reality show the family on CBS. No one gets voted out. The power is in the hands of the kids. They only leave if they want to.

What do you think????

I’m giddy, excited, freaked, worried, hopeful, and scared after watching this. Anyone have anything to say? I’m going to chew on it for the weekend.

  1. May 19, 2007 at 4:49 am

    I think it is disgusting exploitation of children.

  2. jessica
    May 19, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    I think this is insane.

    People with brains know that what’s really going on isn’t “children setting up an adult-free society,” but adults who have isolated children and have absolute control over them who set up the game and then run the cameras as the kids collapse from the sheer magnitude of the task.

    The kids can go home? Sure, and there’s no such thing as peer pressure, and we’ve never heard of Stockholm Syndrome.

    “Children in distress” is NOT entertainment. This isn’t children *acting* as though they’re in distress. They’re really in distress.

    The studio should be liable for the PTSD work.

  3. Barbara
    May 21, 2007 at 3:14 am

    The premise is absurd. How are kids supposed to “build a better world” when their society is prestructured by adults – and the kids surely don’t have the power to change that structure – with a hierarchical class system, a cash economy and a massive money prize at the end of each episode for…what, best kid? Why not give them a blank slate and see what they come up with? Plus, um, Lord of the Flies, anyone? Why make survival so hard? What’s with the frontier town scenario? Because they’re kids, they have to live in a primitive place? If you want someone to build a world, why not give them access to laptops or libraries so they can come to more informed solutions for their problems? Yes, this is strictly about entertainment, picturesque town and all. The “better world” format is designed to give a survival based reality show starring kids a patina of social uplift.

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