Well, given enough time, I am pretty sure they could build a brave new world. I think they might even be able to stage a convincing amateur production of Lord of the Flies.
But CBS seems to be implying that this is an experiment out of the political philosophy handbook. It’s an attempt to see if kids can do what adults cannot, build a peaceable world.
And this makes Kid Nation a kind of latter day equivalent of the Children’s Crusades of medieval Europe. Will children, protected by their innocence, triumph where adults have failed? Will they help save network TV from falling numbers? Can children convert the infidel, those godless creatures who now watch cable and visit the internet?
This is a measure of the desperation and panic induced in the old media by the new. Sending children into the brink. I mean, really. Even for a network executive, this is low.
For more on the Children’s Crusade, see the entry in Wikipedia here.