I found my ten year old watching the end of a TV show about kids tonight. He was watching it because he was anxious that he wasn’t doing his homework. Sound familiar? Anyway, the show was Brat Camp is a reality TV show that aired tonight. The blurb says that it’s been on before. If it’s been on in oz, I’ve not noticed it. Anyway, I only saw the last five or so minutes of the first episode of a new four part series. I guess some readers here will think it’s corny, but it’s about troubled teens (all girls in this series) being taken out into the wilderness (they’re British, but the wilderness is American) and have a bunch of rules imposed on them designed, it seems, to bring them to various realisations – realisations kind of like, you know, sort of that I’m not the only person in the world – right?
The rules mean that if they don’t do some things that are asked of them, they don’t get basic privileges – like hot meals. But they want hot meals. So they have to figure out what to do. I saw one girl saying that she just couldn’t believe that she was there. That she was just telling herself that she wasn’t there. But she is there! That’s the issue she’s got to deal with. Presumably they’re not literally prisoners. But they’ve all got some figuring out to do and I for one am interested to see how it goes.
If I can get the time I’ll watch some more. It looked pretty interesting.