Wednesday, August 23, 2006

An interesting social experiment of a dangerous ratings gimmick?

BREITBART.COM - New 'Survivor' Divides Groups by Race:
"Host Jeff Probst says ... the show is 'a social experiment. And this is adding another layer to that experiment.'"

I must admit I am the only person in America who doesn't watch Survivor. Still, it is all but impossible not to be aware of developments on the show.

Forgive me for pointing this out, but it is clear to me that this is a bit more than increasing the show's diversity factor. The producers doubtless expect to build the show's ratings by providing whole teams for minority viewers to cheer for. And, their joint interest in beating the white folks will unite them as well.

Cheering on the white team just because they are white is the sort of thing that "nice" folks won't do, but it will probably draw out the Neo-Nazis, Skinheads and other assorted dangerous nutjobs. This will serve to stigmatize the white team's supporters.

When minorities prefer their own group it is a sign of necessary and beneficial solidarity in the face of the white power structure. When whites prefer their own group it is a conspiracy to hold onto their undeserved power.

I hope the producers stack the white team with losers. Otherwise, its successes might lead to rioting.


At Thu Aug 24, 02:09:00 AM EDT, Anonymous hth said...

Re: "I must admit I am the only person in America who doesn't watch Survivor."

Nah, Keen, you're not the only one. I haven't watched more than one or two of the first episodes.

Saw no "redeemng value" . . . so haven't watched again, & don't intend to watch any further trash.

AND, don't even know what's going on there.

Rather watch old John Wayne movies. they are still "real" -- mostly.


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