||[May. 16th, 2007|09:39 am]
"A new reality show, "Kid Nation," will take 40 children and set them up in an abandoned New Mexico town. Cameras will follow them as they try to set up their own society without adult supervision."
- from Yahoo!
I find the idea for this show fundamentally disturbing. It's like trying to recreate Lord of the Flies.
No way is it actually legal to do that. They've got the kids under round-the-clock surveillance to make sure precious little Tyler and Montana's parents don't sue. Like they did that time Tyler's teacher gave him a B.
Of course they have them under serveillance. It's reality TV.
What I mean is, if any of the kids are so much as *mean* to each other, adults are waiting to swoop in and save them. In other words, it's more supervised than junior high.
*rotfl* middle school..
They do sign tremendous piles of legal waivers, contracts, and every other thing that the sadistic show biz lawyers can think of... before their precious little Tyler even gets to enter the first audition. (Their own lawyers will probably cry later.)
I'm not sure whether I find this more or less disturbing than Lord of the Flies... it really depends on the expectations the adults leave them with, and whether there are visible adults behind the cameras. I very much doubt they were actually told to go re-create civilization. Their parents probably gave them survivor advice.
I'd assume that the producers are going to have 1 main job. They'll either need to replay and emphasize the scary bullying moments which viewers will be expecting.. or censor, because adults go a little insane when children are
evil encouraged to disregard their underdeveloped moral codes.
Oh, and there'll be a kid who makes it big for being loveable and good.