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The Gold Stars (worth $20,000 / $50,000)


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I beleive we saw 1% or 2% too. But, scenes of Greg using the outhouse or Taylor playing dress-up with a chicken don't further the show. The stand-outs were the ones that got the most air-time. There were others that stood out, like Olivia. But, did she deserve a star? We don't know. However, I don't think the stars were awarded for single acts. Also, I don't think the producers knew ahead of time, who was going to get the stars.


Yes, what we watched in 13 x 42 minutes episodes, was what the producer\CBS hoped would make for a good TV series and translate into good ratings. Undoubtably 90% of what happened would have been boring to watch after just a few minutes.

I agree, and firmly beleive, that adults behind the camera, did not suggest specific names or otherwise pressure the town council into awarding gold stars to kids the might make for a higher ratings; I'm surprised you don't think that base on what you posted in the past because you beleive a future version of Kid Nation is likely to be about watching children scheming, lying, making secret alliances, creating insincere friendships, backstabbing their new best friend who's only 8 years old, etc, etc. <insert rolling eyes here> animated_bouncy.gif


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You don't agree with the star award system. But, the average viewer probably doesn't have a problem with it. Its like that in any competition. You have winners and you have losers. So where's the problem?


You seem to be OK with the fact the Mike, Anjay, a maybe a few others who clearly were shown as worthy of gold star, going home seemly empty handed. Aside from the assumption they are getting paid a much smaller amount $$$$, can you help me understand how you think it is fair for the producers\CBS to send Mike and Anjay home with feeling they worked their ass off, but get nothing for their dedication to making Kid Nation a success. Is it that you think the producers just don't give damn? It's all about CBS's ratings and profits? Both Mike and Anjay were extremely high profile from start to finish on national TV for 13 straight weeks. Not like they were shown briefly and then faded into the background. If anything, in my mind, Mike and Anjay were major personalities for the entire season and helped keep the rating good enough that CBS didn't rank off the schedule. Desrvering? Taylor, as much as everyone hates that little girls guts and hopes she gets hits by bus someday soon, she's just as deserving too because she was the Nellie Olsen of Bonaza City, and that was good for ratings, and that why she got so much air time too.

I am making a clear separation between the illusion created for entrainment purposes (kids being award gold stars for their on screen efforts), and real life reality of giving 1 child 70K+ for her worthy efforts, a few others 20K, and the rest get nothing. These are kids, not adults, and kid's are by definition still developing new skills and maturity. Responsible\caring\understanding adults don't send some children home with huge sum of money that changes\improve their lives, and rest go home with nothing.

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You don't agree with the star award system. But, the average viewer probably doesn't have a problem with it.


Yeah, I also would make that same conclusion. I don't really have a problem with some kids getting gold stars and other not within the scope of the TV show. Winners\losers makes for good TV. And clearly they edited the entire season to specifically demonstrate that Mike and Anjay were worthy but going home without a gold star, yet shown not to be sore losers, so there another little life lesson being shown there.

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Your problem is you take it to an extreme.


It's not really a problem, most often it's very intentional, but not always. However, I'll discuss it with my therapist next Wednesday and see what she thinks. I'm working with her because I have a problem with being a pathological liar. Come'on, don't you think all the stuff I post is a bit weird and obsessive? If I were someone else like, I sure would. animated_bouncy.gif

Well I got to get back to Halo2. When I lasted saved the game I was getting hammered on by some nasty Drones. Just finished Halo a few hors ago and now I am already 2 hours into Halo2.



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you beleive a future version of Kid Nation is likely to be about watching children scheming, lying, making secret alliances, creating insincere friendships, backstabbing their new best friend who's only 8 years old, etc, etc.


That's me believes that. I'm not sure Baron has ever said he thinks the show will denigrate to such.

echo, have you ever been to a competition among children? Heck, have you ever seen a "friendly" game among a large group of children? There is often a lot of anger, backstabbing, hurt feelings, etc just to win the game. Not by all kids, not at all. However, from what I've seen there are always kids willing to do whatever to win. Haven't you ever seen a kid cheat at a boardgame? And even in those sporting event controversies we hear about at times it's not always a parent or coach who pushed the kid to cleat that other kid in the knee and injure him/her for life. Kids learn from adults. Kids watch Survivor and Big Brother too. It's not like those shows are on late-night or even late prime-time! Those shows are early prime-time and I know a lot of parents who let their kids watch with them. Kids do emulate what they see, especially if it will get them further.

Another example, those types of beauty pageants Taylor is involved in. Or even competitive dance. Three of my goddaughters are in competitive dance. I've been with their mother behind the scene. You should see how some of those mothers act. You should see how some of those girls learn to act. That whole stereotype of the "pageant queens" on kids sitcoms came from somewhere. You know the one, the little girl who is demanding, smiles to your child's face and says how they are bff, then puts blue dye or nair in your child's shampoo. That happens. In real life. It's not as uncommon in competitions as you think. In fact some schools have banned competitive sports/activities just for such reasons.

I've gone on and on about this so many times and I'm sure others are getting tired of seeing me make the same analogies and give the same reasons and supports for those reasons so I'm moving on after this. Just wanted to answer this one last time.

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I agree with some of your last post port. All children (and their parents) love to be winners. Thats why so many children sports are going to a no score game. At least thats what my nieces and nephews are playing in now. Parents and families are encouraged to root and clap for all the children. At the end of the game everyone says "good game". My niece (she's 8) is playing basketball today and there's no score. She loves it!
I can remember growing up where childrens' sports was a win/lose game. My younger brother was on a losing team and when his team played a much better team, the parents of that team was horrible, they had bad sportsmanship. I can remember it made my brother and his team-mates feel terrible. In the past years theres been alot on the news about how parents have gotten into some pretty bad fights at their childs' sports games. There's even been a couple of deaths. About 3-4 years ago in Palmdale Calif. A 13 year old boy took a bat and beat a boy to death because the boy teased him while he was up to bat.

And don't get me started about childrens' beauty pagents.....Several years ago a very close friend of mine thought it would be fun to put her girl (she was preteen) in a beauty pagent, she did it two times and realized it was cut-throat! The mothers were terrible and passed it on to their daughters. She was so surprised. She said she and her girl was only wanting to do it for fun, and quickly found out it's not the kind of fun they were looking for.

Back to the gold stars, yes I do and still wish all the kids would have gotten $$$$. If they don't I guess I'll just deal with it. If there is future KNs I think if the producers don't change it up, that we will see the show turn into a comp to see who wins the star. They showed a little of that this first season, once some of the kids saw the chance of winning they did pick it up and work harder. There was some children that really thought they deserved the star that didn't get one. In future shows I can see parents encouraging their child to be friends with everyone and work real hard and tell them "don't come home without a star."
I really liked this show and would love to see more. I just hope they can keep it fresh.

Lord, I didn't mean to go on and on. I think I'll also agree with port that its time to move on. JMHO and I value yours animated_wave.gif pixiedust.gif

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Port, I really don't disagree with what you wrote about kids exhibiting bad behavior, cheating, and poor sportsmanship. There will always be kids that do that, and parents who look the other way when they see it happen. And parents who are obsessed with winning at all costs.

Prior to that you were suggesting that the producers and CBS will promote\authorize all those bad qualities to be part of Kid Nation. If a 15 year old wants to lie and deceived a naive 8 year little girl, you believe the adult behind the camera will smile and whispers among themselves "This is going to great for ratings, just wait until that little girl finds out she being screwed and breaks down crying."

It is one thing to have kids behaving poorly over the course of their lives, doing things that part of real life, because it is REAL. It a very different to intentionally create a kids version of Survivor that promote\allow those bad qualities to be part of game. Little league does have much of those bad qualities that you wrote about, but it is considered to be a problem that most parents want to avoid and reduced, it is not part of game. Survivor allows bad behavior part of the game, it would be absolutely irresponsible for adults allows kids in Kid Nation to emulate adult behavior we see on Survivor or Big Brother. It is my perception of Kid Nation is that the adults did shut down that kind of bad behavior quickly and\or the children were told in advance (off Camera) that certain kinds of behavior was 100% off limits. In other words, one rule might be "No secret alliances". I am sure they selected kids who in generally play by the rules, I highly doubt they selected kids who were known to be schemers, liars, cheaters in their real lives. It is my perception that CBS and the producers wanted to avoid Kid Nation becoming a training ground for kids wanting develop their ruthless Survivor like skills. Over the course of 13 episodes the general tone was up beat and the children were shown mostly in a good light. Based on my experience with kids, I tend to think it was likely there were far worse bad moments over the course of 40 days, and the producers showed good judgement by leaving the truly bad stuff out of the show. In otherwords, I think we got the PG version of what happned, not the PG-13 or R rated version. The R rated version would have seen these kids calling each other really nasty names and spiting out cuss words. We'd might see the beloved Anjay giving another kid the middle finger because the other kid told him to move back to India. You get the picture smile.gif

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I've gone on and on about this so many times and I'm sure others are getting tired of seeing me make the same analogies and give the same reasons and supports for those reasons so I'm moving on after this. Just wanted to answer this one last time.


Don't concern yourself with others might like or not liked. Say whatever you want as often as you want. If someone doesn't like what you post, they can either join the conversation, or they can go <BEEP> themselves if they have a problem. The Kid Nation discussion has been the best and most healthy exchange this site has had in a long time. The Darths are bright enough see that, and the ever invisible Morty can see that as well. animated_bouncy.gif

You, Baron, TCS, JEDI, JOA, FETCH, FUSKIE, and a few others all have something interesting to say. You're all wacho, but at least you have something to say. It's easy to rack up 100s if not 1000s of posts and not ever say Jack, or just piss on Dick and other reality TV players.

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Even though some kids did not win any Gold Stars, I am hoping they have taken something from this experience that is far more life altering than a GS.

Here's to the future (and no, I'm not gonna channel Whitney right now) wink.gif

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I agree with you echo and in fact that latter part of your second post holds much truth. I have posted very little on the Kind Nation thread, but have watched all but one episode. I feel bad that all the kids did not get some monetary reward. I really thought that instead of what they did in giving out 50 thousand dollar stars they would give everyone some kind of monetary star. And i do think the kids that did not get a monetary reward took a lot with them from the experience of it all, how could you not, it is probably life changing for some, which is a good thing, but still I know deep down in their hearts, the ones who worked sooooo hard and did not get some kind of star are sort of hurt inside, they will move on, but I think it was wrong not to reward them all.

Out of all the kids there ya know Taylor bothered me the most, and I said in another thread that when she and her parents sit down and watch the show in it's entirety it will be an eye opener, as long as we can learn from our mistakes it is a good thing. If I was Taylor and saw the whole show and what a self-centered brat i had been, that would surely make me want to change, and if I were her parents and saw it(and they have and will) I would be mortified, because they are partly responsible for the way she presented herself. My brother and I were both in competitive swimming,and I played softball for many yrs, and I just was not raised to have bad sportsmanship, or to mouth off the way Taylor did, or to even presume in my own little mind that I was more pretty or better than the rest which is sadly how Miss Taylor acted darn near the whole show and we only saw part of it.

I am sure that there has been a lot of e-mails and letters sent to the network over the fact that they only gave out 3 50 grand stars at the end, couldn't they have taken that 150 thou and split in into a monetary award for all, because i think all of them deserved that much. unsure.gif

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I feel bad that all the kids did not get some monetary reward. I really thought that instead of what they did in giving out 50 thousand dollar stars they would give everyone some kind of monetary star. And i do think the kids that did not get a monetary reward took a lot with them from the experience of it all, how could you not, it is probably life changing for some, which is a good thing, but still I know deep down in their hearts, the ones who worked sooooo hard and did not get some kind of star are sort of hurt inside, they will move on, but I think it was wrong not to reward them all.


I am going to repeat myself just a bit, if for no other reason to yet annoy a few people that already hate my guts way too much. animated_bouncy.gif

Maybe the true reality is that some of these children got 70K, 50K, 20K, and the rest got nothing. Maybe the producers\CBS are that heartless and don't give a crap about children, and just like a few people who have posted here, don't have a problem with sending home some of these children with HUGE sums of money, and the rest getting nothing for their efforts. I admit they could be right, and I am just dead wrong.

If I were a producer or an executive at CBS that was involved with this production, you can bet I would be extremely vocal the right thing to do is to compensate these children equally. It is truly, beyond all doubt, mind boggling that any adult, producer, CBS, could send home one 14 child 70K while others with nothing $$$$. If the gold stars were simply trophies, than I'd be pretty much OK with it, because the TRUE reality is that the Gold Star was "peer recognition", it wasn't awarded based in measurable achievements. And the 20K was, as Baron stated it, to make the show compelling to watch on TV.

Yeah, all these children will be going home with a strong memories. Any well run summer camp is designed to have a huge positive emotional impact. Kid Nation was a summer camp tweaked into a reality TV series. In reality, the point you make is far more valuable to them in the long run than any amount of money they could ever take home. Children that grow up going to well run\designed summer camps have childhood experiences that influence their adult lives in very positive ways. For one thing, they don't create a TV show where some children go home HUGE winners, and others go home losers.

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After considering what Fatcat wrote, I've modify my thinking. It's not as important the kids get equal amounts of $$$$$. What is most important is they are sent home feeling that were winners, even if they didn't equal $$$$$. My focus on the $$$$ is basically a way of making\saying each kid was an important part of making the --->TV SHOW<---- a success. If the children feel good about the experience, and that they were individually a winner, not a looser, then I am OK with that. I surely wouldn't be a sleazy lawyer knocking on the door of any family attempting to convince the parents and brainwash a otherwise happy child by saying "You got the shaft, you got screwed, we need to sue CBS for......"

If Mike, Anjay, and others were sent home feeling like they worked their ass off, but losers, then yeah I have a serious problem with any reality TV series that does that. If they went home feeling like a winner irregardless of the $$$$, then I am some-what OK with that.

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A lot posted here. I don't have time to respond to it all. I just wanted to say. The rumor has it that all the kids were awarded 5K. I beleive it is true, because other shows give the runner-ups some cash, just for being on the show.

So, some kids got 75K, some 55K and some 20K. Based on these amounts what would be fair cash for those who didn't win a star? Just curious.

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So, some kids got 75K, some 55K and some 20K. Based on these amounts what would be fair cash for those who didn't win a star? Just curious.


The issue is not what the TV audience believe is real, it how fairly these children were treated FOR REAL by the producers. Hell, if the show wanted to give Gold Stars with 1 million each, I wouldn't give a rats ass if that is the "reality TV" illusion wanted create. What's important is that these children go home feeling they were treated fairly and not a loser. I know you don't care if some children go home feeling like they struck the mother load, and others go home feel like losers, so we just have a very fundamental difference on how children of this age should be treated by adults. You can't pawn off the the responsibility by suggesting it was the 4 children on the town council who made choices, because they were only following the rules that were designed by the adults. I bet these kids are bright enough, and not as greedy, to have wanted to share the $$$$ equally among themselves. Sofia maybe worthy of 70K, but another child shouldn't go home feeling a loser if that is the price tag. Clearly Sofia is a bright girl, and I wonder if she feels a bit bad that she got 70K, and others went home with nothing. She very well could be thinking to herself "I tried my best and got 70K, but I also know that my two good friends Mike and Anjay tried as hard if not harder than me, yet they went home empty handed. I'm not sure if that's really fair to them".

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Of course echo you are right. I just don't believe, and there is no evidence to suggest, that the payouts are any different than what we saw. I believe the 5K stipend is real and that's that. If there is something else, I think the internet will bring it out sooner or later.

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Well basically we are on the same page echo, I just stated that that 150 grand could have been put to better use, like givin all something, and something more than the stipend, I think it would have made all the kids feel good about their experience at Kid Nation, deep down I thnk some may feel hurt because they did not get any extra award, monatarily speaking, some of the kids that did not get the money reward sooo deserved it. Gosh what was the one african american kids name? The one that almost went home? I just loved him and I thought he really did deserve a star, well hell, I thought they all deserved a star in their own right. The only child I did not care for and did not think deserved a gold star was Taylor. She really acted up and she did not really change her ways, what we saw was her decide to go along with the program because she was not going to get to partake in the rewards, and she was not real sincere about it either,lol(my memory is just so bad on some of the names,lol)

I just read 2 posts up and what was in quotes, I just think above and beyond whatever stipend these kids got they all should have gotten something in the form of gold star or money reward, to not feel left out, emotionally left out, because rewarding some with huge amts of money and not others certainly would have left an emotional mark on some of those kids, the one thing they all have in common is that they are children, they do not yet have the adult skills to cope with the many things not recieving any money star may bring to the front.




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