--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---
By Sarah Jordan
does "Survivor" have to do with survival?
nothing. Its basic premise is the stranding of two tribes in a remote place,
presumably well away from society as we know it.
we really donít know that there isnít a McDonalds right around the corner.
Even what we do know tells us that this thing has nothing to do with physical
episode features some type of challenge. These challenges never had anything to
do with the actual day-to-day kind of things any group of people would need to
deal with to survive.
the javelin throwing challenge from the first season, for instance. Tribe
members were eating fish and rats. The challenge asked them to do something that
would do them no good if they were trying to catch rats.
there is the stupidity of the Tribal Council. What kind of social outcast
seeking revenge thought that one up? In any real situation, any tribe anywhere,
you see people trying to protect their own.
person who is capable of helping your society, your tribe, is an asset. Throwing
people out of a society, even a temporary one, is senseless. Doing so goes
against normal human feelings and impulses.
seek to make friends, not get rid of them.
artificial exclusions and inclusions that result from this mixed-up concept are
on a level with high school cliques. This is "Survivor, Return To High
you remember that kid in your class that no one liked? He would have wanted to
strand all the popular kids on an island somewhere, to make them eat rats and
sure weíd all like to think people mature after high school. This show is
really just showing us that they havenít.
taking people back to the immaturity of high school, these shows exploit
emotion. That is something we shouldnít encourage.
we all have emotions, and they can be powerful at times. But it doesnít feel
right to me to create artificial situations which toy with peopleís emotions
just for a camera.
you want to go back to high school, if you enjoy that sort of breakdown of human
society into its worst parts, by all means watch.
you like poking fun at peopleís feelings, if that makes you feel bigger, then
by all means watch.
As for me, my life has enough emotional strife: Iím still in high school.
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