The Arkanssouri Blog.: Pot to kettle: Whatchoo talkin' 'bout Willis?

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Pot to kettle: Whatchoo talkin' 'bout Willis?

An excerpt from a Jeffrey M. McCall bitch about CBS' Kid Nation:

As you would expect if this were television fiction, the kids are characterized and labeled into roles that make for the most drama. One kid is portrayed as bossy, another as lazy and irresponsible, another as a tough guy, another as a nerd, and the floppy-haired kid, of course, is the philosopher. The problem is that this show is not dealing with fake characters. This show is dealing with the lives of real kids.

This might be a valid point if McCall did not, in that very excerpt, engage in the very same labeling he claims to object to. These children have names, and yet McCall refers to them as "one kid," "another," or "the floppy-haired kid."

At least CBS took the time to learn their names.

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