Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Shakespeare Nation

So, did anybody watch Kid Nation?  That's the one where they put a bunch of kids into a ghost town with (supposedly) no adults around in an attempt to recreate Lord of the Flies, only without the violence and the sticks sharpened at both ends.  It made quite a bit of press when the parents started poking around to see if they could file charges that the show broke child labor laws and endangered the children.

Well, it premiered tonight.  One of the aspects of the show is that the children earn money, and then they get to spend it in the store.  And in this very first episode, on the first day that the store was open, did anybody see what Jared (11yrs old) bought?  "Henry V, Julius Caesar, or King Henry VIII.....I picked King Henry V, by William Shakespeare."

I'm not kidding.  Some kids bought candy, one kid bought a bike.  This kid bought Henry V.

I am going to assume that he bought it because he's a geeky kid (in the good way) and not because the producer shoved it in his hand.  But I swear if anybody busts out the St. Crispin's Day speech in any later episodes, I quit!



Anonymous said...

I know Jared and he would have picked that book on his own. No prompting needed. He saw something interesting that he could learn from and went for it. Just the kinda kid he is. I know its weird and all but for people mature enough it is also really cool that he would be interested all on his own.

Duane said...

Thanks for the comment. It is a shame that Jared is being shown on tv to me...well, sort of goofy. Hardly the sort of 11yr old that would have gone for Shakespeare on his own. It will be interesting to see whether we see the book come back at all, or if it was just a one-time thing.

Since you know someone on the show can you tell us who won? :) Worth a shot.

Anonymous said...

See for yourself

He is kinda goofy so anyone who knows him isnt suprised.