The Kids are Alright

There’s been a lot of talk this week about CBS’s Kid Nation, a new reality show in which 40 kids live supposedly unsupervised in a New Mexico ghost town. Allesandra Stanley of the New York Times is not impressed. Nor is the Washington Post‘s Tom Shales. Long before Kid Nation there was "Nickelodeon Nation," an idea promoted by the television giant to empower kids in an adult world. Sarah Banet-Weiser has just published Kids Rule! Nickelodeon and Consumer Citizenship which looks at the relationship between children, media, citizenship, and consumerism. Banet-Weiser, Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at USC, interviewed over fifty children for her book, as well as network executives.

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