Last night’s Kid Nation had me wondering if kids really do make good reality TV stars. The overblown Survivoresque score and sound effects just seemed like clothes several sizes too big. But then I thought perhaps it’s reality TV that has turned us all into a nation of kids. Survivor‘s rewards are really no different than the trips to the candy store and the (solid) gold stars the kids win. But it’s hard to imagine this all turning Lord of the Flies/Bad Girls Club. Unless that really was whisky the kids were downing in the saloon and not just root beer. My favorite bit was the profound conundrum presented when the kids were asked to choose between a TV and an outhouse for their reward. The kids chose the outhouse.
– Fenton Bailey