Thursday, August 24, 2006

I'm Back and Blogging About Survivor

I appear to have my Internet connection back again and I'm really busy catching up on all my email and all the things I wanted to post including the news about Survivor. Does anyone watch it? I usually watch it but I was so busy last year (I took three very hard classes in the fall) that I didn't finish out the season, which was the first time that has happened. I've watched every season since the series started.

But I was in shock when I heard on the radio that they were going to do a Survivor with four teams based on race:

The 20 players will initially be divided into four groups based on their ethnicity - Hispanic, African-American, Asian-American and Caucasian. The tribes will merge at some point later in the game.

"I think at first glance, when you just hear about it, it could sound like a stunt, especially with the way reality (TV) has gone," Survivor host Jeff Probst told CBS television in the US.

"But that's not what we're doing here. The idea for this actually came from the criticism that Survivor is not ethnically diverse enough. ... We said, 'Let's turn that criticism into creative for the show, and I think it fits in perfectly with what Survivor does. It's a social experiment, and this adds another layer to the experiment."

I think the social experiment aspect is an interesting angle. That's one of my favorite parts of Survivor, how people act when they have been depraved of all of the things we are accustomed to and the only social interaction you have is with people who are in competition with you. That's got to mess with your head. I think that when we take away the social veneer, we see what people are really made of and it isn't very pretty. As a Calvinist, it really does demonstrate the truthfulness of the doctrine of total depravity :-)

Though this may be an interesting concept, it's wrong to pit the races against each other, there is too much focus on race in this country, as it is. I hope kids won't be rooting for teams because they identify with their race.

I think that I'll root for the group that I always root for (until they make me nuts when they act nuts), the Christians :-)



  1. Tori said...
    Hello Michele....
    I too heard about this new Survivor theme. I am interested to see where it goes. I suppose they needed something a little bit different to keep the peeps tuning in.
    I was such a huge fan of Survivor in the early seasons... all my goldfish were named after them... Richard Hatch, Colleen....etc
    I may get hooked again....
    Btw, I had a crazy christian taxi driver on the way to the airport a few weeks ago.... SCARY!
    michele said...
    Hey Tori! Yeah, wacky Christians can be very scary :-) I was annoyed by the Christians on Amazing Race, they were really nuts.
    Pamela said...
    Wacky christians. You must go see the video over at Pensieve
    (whew hope that comes out as a link)

    I wasn't sure if it was making fun of christians or just having fun with christianity. I said ouch first.
    phd4jesus said...
    Wow, that doesn't seem like such a great idea.
    Moonshadow said...
    "Folks are basically decent
    Conventional wisdom would say
    Well, we read about the exceptions
    In the papers every day"

    Rush, "Second Nature," Hold Your Fire
    Moonshadow said...
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    michele said...
    No, I don't think so either. It something we really don't need to focus on and I can see this getting ugly, really fast.

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