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Thoughts on Kid Nation

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This fall, unless critics get their way, CBS will air a new reality show called Kid Nation where 40 kids between the ages of eight and 15 are cordoned away without adult supervision to try and build a society on their own. 

Several have called for CBS to pull the plug and cancel the show due to various ethical and safety concerns. 

While there is a part of me that finds the concept intriguing, I understand and sympathize with the criticism.  Whether it ought to be aired or not, I don’t know.  I wasn’t going to watch it anyway.

Between the ages of eight and 15, there are not a lot of acquired social skills that can even contribute to a society, let alone build one.  Just look at your average middle school. 

I spoke with CalvinDude about this earlier, and he, like many other critics, highlighted the Lord of the Flies comparisons.  William Golding’s novel paints a brutal parable of animal youth that, when looked at through a theological lens, offers profound insights on the concept depravity.  Between the ages of eight and 15, kids are still figuring out their moral compasses.  And their experimentation tends to spiral into disaster without moral and temperate guidance.  Maybe you’re right, CalvinDude…maybe it is a stupid idea. 

My feeling remains, however, that if they pull the plug on this, they ought to pull the plug on half the middle schools in America too. 


Written by taj

August 29, 2007 at 12:15 pm

Posted in Books, Television

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  1. Travis,

    I have to disagree a little bit here. I do not find much of a correlation between this “show” and middle schools. One of the main problems with our youth is that they are growing up way too quickly without those moral compasses you spoke of. This show only encourages them to do so in a bizarre way.

    While this may happen in our middle schools, it is not the design of the system, merely a side effect. I feel this show is a tremendous example of explotation of children.



    August 30, 2007 at 10:25 am

  2. I see your point, Mike. I know that it isn’t the design of the system, and my correllation, while I was shooting for some kind of vague hyperbole, stems more from my own cynicism than anything else.


    August 30, 2007 at 2:09 pm

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