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18 August 2007

Kid Nation on CBS: "Survivor" for Kids

For 40 days in April and May, CBS sent 40 children, ages 8 to 15, to a former ghost town in New Mexico to build a society from scratch. With no access to their parents, not even by telephone, the children set up their own government, laws and society in front of reality television cameras. --- LA Times

This upcoming show on CBS, Kid Nation, is earning the ire of the public. Because it depicts a seemingly Lord of the Flies scenario, people have began screaming "exploitation!" even before it has premiered (September 2007).

Parents are being blamed for allowing their children to join such a reality show. But the mothers and fathers of these kids claim that on the contrary, Kid Nation felt just like summer camp and that despite the concept of "no adults on the show" the set was, in fact, full of them, monitoring the kids round the clock.

CBS is being blamed for using kids for ratings and marketing deals. But while people are busy pointing fingers, CBS is wasting no time. They are already auditioning for Season 2...again, even before the pilot episode premieres (September 2007). To be fair though, there will be no devastating eliminations for this reality show. Kids instead are going to be given points if they do really well in the challenges and the one with the most points stands to win $20,000.

I'm holding judgment until I've actually seen Kid Nation. But one thing's for sure --- I hope no local channel ever attempts to franchise this because I can almost imagine what controversy it will bring.

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4 comments:

  1. I don't think the viewers here take well to controversy xD

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  2. That's right, not especially this one, where children are involved.

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  3. I CANNOT wait for this show to start!!!! My son (15yo) sent in his application and video for Kid Nation 2 in July and has already been contacted by the assistant casting director!! From the 4 minutes of video I have seen the "work" these children did was nothing more than what is done on a working farm every day. We laughed hysterically when one young participant said, "I'm a princess I don't do dishes!" UNBELIEVEABLE!!!!! No wonder our society's work ethic is going down the drain. People baby their children, give them whatever they want, do everything for them and then release them into society totally unprepared for the "real world" - NOW THAT'S CHILD ABUSE!!!!
    My son is praying he is chosen so he can show the nation that there are kids who know what it takes to live on their own and be role model and helper for those who struggle.

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  4. Hi! That's so good to hear about your son. From your very own account, the show doesn't seem to look so bad, as what media has made it appear to be so.

    And I agree with your views on how society has been spoiling kids today. Thank God for people like your son, who still appreciates the importance of "work" and becoming responsible. :D I hope he makes it to the show. Good luck to him.

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