Not without controversy, CBS unleashed their first reality episode of Kid Nation. The controversy around KN was that these kids were supposed to be given a town with little adult supervision. Of course, no adult supervision meant that kids controlled the camera’s right?
I know, what does reality television have to do with politics? Nothing, and everything. Nothing in that, it’s not going to change our political views, it’s not true to form since they have means, and so far, the show has been the socialist experiment. I mean, they had to cook for everybody, they all had to share the same bathroom, etc. Everybody depended on each other.
But in this socialist experiment, the next day ended up just like all socialist experiment’s do, with not enough food to go around. The simple things of pancake, and not everybody got pancakes. Even though it’s not CBS’s goal to show us how wonderful or the ills of socialism, they do take strides to show us some of the most innate of human nature. That is to say that no matter what kind of system we live under, people are going to be people. That there are somethings you just can’t change. Aggressive people will naturally get more, passive people get run over, bigger people try to bully, shorter people can outwit, and most importantly- size doesn’t necessarily matter, unless of course we’re talking about those spam emails that I keep getting. I swear, I have an ex-girlfriend out there with my email address spreading lies about me, but that’s a whole other story.
What I really found annoying with all the controversy, and I admit that CBS was genius for playing it out, was that people are so worried about these kids. That’s the trouble with society, they see kids as incapable of doing things, of being self reliant, of being capable of achieving high standards. We try to protect kids from every little thing, from skateboarding without a helmet, to parent displaying obsessive compulsive disorder by wiping every thing down. We praise single mothers who raise latch-key kids, then turn around and tell these kids that they have low self esteem because their daddy left them and mommy was never home.
We banned tag on many of our playgrounds for God knows what reason, and won’t even let kids use their fingers as guns, I guess we’re afraid they’ll shoot their eyes out. We send our kids off to public schools and we don’t even care if our kids learned anything, in fact, we’re afraid of testing our kids because we think them too stupid to pass a test.
We spend time teaching them how not to get pregnant and less time teaching them about how to control their finances, then we wonder why they end up poor with children. We have so little faith in the ability of children, and it’s almost like we forgot, we all were children once too. I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I was a child, I was anxious to do things, I wanted to learn, I loved playing football without any pads. I was restless and even then, I wanted to experience life.
Experience teaches us things better than any other education system, though I readily agree that before one gets experience, one must have a basic education.
But as far as these forty kids that CBS has put on this television series, I think it’s a great idea, and unless these kids have some liberal crybabies with a major influence over their lives, they someday will appreciate the value of creating their own city. In the end, they will have learned survival skills, leadership, team work, punishment, self respect and respect for others.
If CBS can’t put on a show like this, where adults are watching these kids every step, how much longer will it be before we end the boy and girl scouts?
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