I don't know if there is another thread for this. I think the treatment that the Amish are facing with this group clearly shows the ugly face of discrimination. I wonder if the "city kids" prior to the show all maintained that they do not discriminate against people who are different from themselves. Reminds me of a sociology experiment at the expense of both sides. The Amish being abused and the city kids finding out just how deep their prejudices run and visa versa. Feels unfair, not reality tv unfair, but truely unethical.
Anyone remeber the Zimbardo prison experiment. It is usually taught in freshman soclology courses. In this experiment students played both prisoners and guards. The guards were given a lot of power and soon divided up into good guards and bad guards. It turned out that the good guards were not actually stopping the bad guards ill treatment of the prisoners. But they did get to maintain their illusion that they were "good" That is a less than complete summary, please forgive the limitation of my discription. The reason I am mentioning this is that the students who played the roles of guards found very dark sides of themselves in what was to be a simple little experiment were deeply, profoundly disturbed by their behavior. The experiment was disturbing for everyone involved. This is my recollection.
This show is not a sociology experiment, there are no academic ethical human experimentation controls govenrnng the show.
I feel concern for the city kids as well as the amish kids. I hope they all prove me wrong, rise up and transcend cultural diifferences.
This one feels different to me.