Kid Nation: Irresponsible Charges of Irresponsible Conduct

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There have been many, many commentators quick to criticize the new CBS “reality show” Kid Nation; while much of their criticism is unfounded even more borders on the ridiculous.

General criticism’s have been based on CBS’s promo: “Forty kids with no parents, no teachers . . . anywhere.” This has led to charges ranging from “irresponsible” to “child abuse” to “slavery” and those charges were (and are) based on nothing more than the mental picture of 40 kids running around unsupervised ala “Lord of the Flies.”

What nonsense! How does anyone in their right mind imagine that a major television network would EVER allow that? Of course they wouldn’t and didn’t! There were no parents or teachers, that’s true but there were medical professionals constantly on the scene and a production crew that was continually on the watch for any situation that would lead to allegations of abuse or a lawsuit after the production wrapped.

The kids, you can be sure, had a great time because they actually were in charge of many aspects of their lives while the show was being filmed — you can be sure that they didn’t have absolute freedom but they had the freedom to make and implement many decisions involving their daily life. The only kids that wouldn’t enjoy that are the kids that have strict and neurotic parents who don’t allow their children to have more than limited freedom and who don’t feel that kids are capable of making decisions — those are the kids that weren’t at Kid Nation anyway.

The most hysterical charge I’ve heard against CBS was on yesterday’s Michael Medved radio show. He painted a picture of the living conditions, asking his listeners how they would like having their 8-year old sleeping in the same room with older kids that weren’t related or even close friends. He continued into a station break with the accusation that CBS’s motive was “sexual titillation.” Wow! If those sleeping conditions, conditions very similar to every summer camp, caused Mr. Medved to be sexually titillated, me thinks that Mr. Medved has a very disturbing problem. Perhaps he was molested at a summer camp as a child? Well those things do happen but they are very less likely to happen in a place run by a mult-million-dollar corporation that is very aware of the legal and public-relations consequences of something like that.

The kids on Kid Nation were safer than they would be at any summer camp and as safe as they would have been if 40 sets of parents were standing on the side-lines making it all but impossible to produce the series.

If I didn’t work nights or if I had a TIVO type device to record Kid Nation I’d watch it for sure! It’s not gong to be great television and I don’t think the ratings will be sky-high but it’s worth a look just because it’s unique. I’m sure I’ll catch highlights on the news or entire segments on YouTube.

How about you? Are you going to give Kid Nation a look-see?

News Links:

International Herald Tribune: CBS backs ‘Kid Nation’ despite outcry

Chicago Tribune: What were ‘Kid Nation’ parents thinking?

From the Blogs

Mixed Media: Let’s Give Kid Nation a Chance

Ed Martin’s Watercoller TV: Advertisers are the First to See Kid Nation!

News and commentary by: Whymrhymer can also be found at the Blogger News Network and at The American Chronicle Family of Journals

The Naked Brother’s Band

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Review by Whymrhymer

Even if you’re an old dude like me (or an old dudette) and even if you’re not that old but all your kids have escaped the nest, you really should catch some of the shows on Nickelodeon or one of the other channels that feature kids . . . it helps you reconnect with that kid inside of you (and he or she IS there) and besides, kids having fun are always a joy to watch.

The title of this post “The Naked Brother’s Band” is a new series on Nickelodeon and also the title of a slightly older movie put together by Polly Draper. Polly Draper is actually the stepmother of Nat and Alex Wolff the “original” Naked Brothers. Nat was 7 years old and Alex was 4 when the movie was made; guaranteed, they will just steal your heart and if they don’t make you smile you might not have a heart to loose.

The movie (which they call a “mockumentary” because it’s totally . . . and cleverly . . . scripted) was on this evening (2/2/07) and the series starts on Saturday (2/3/07) at 8:30 EST. It’s silly and it’s fun and a heck of a lot better than just another episode of CSI (name the city).

One great line from the movie: Nat at one point says: “Jesus, I can’t believe that” which causes Alex to jump up and grab his shirt and say: “Don’t you ever say anything about Jesus, he was one of the best presidents we ever had!” That’s just a sample of some of the chuckles you’ll get out of the movie (and I’m sure the series).

By the way, all the songs in the movie, except for one, were written (music and lyrics) by 7-y/o Nat and you can see and hear for yourself that he may have a real future in the music business or at least in show business (if he doesn’t get ‘burned out’ like so many other child stars). That one song, by the way, that wasn’t written by Nat was written by Alex.

If you can, tune in tomorrow night for the premier of the series (the kids are 9-y/o and 6-y/o now) and let your inner-kid out to play. You’ll walk away feeling good!

One caution, if you do have little ones and they are clammering to watch the movie, read the review by Common Sense media first (Linked Below) — they think it has some bad messages for impressionable-aged kids and I guess I can’t disagree.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, nobody in the movie is naked!!

Links:

The Show’s Home Page: The Naked Brother’s Band

A negative review of the movie by “Common Sense Media”: The Naked Brothers Band Movie – NR