Thursday, August 24, 2006

survival of the races

If you've never taken the time to watch before, will you now watch Survivor just because it's become so controversial? It's really not surprising that they've decided to divide up the tribes by race. They have been divided in the past by sex and by age, but the show hasn't received as much attention about such divisions as it has now. I guess division by sex or by age doesn't stir the pot as much as a racial division.

Lisa de Moraes at WaPo has more on this.

UPDATE: Read this by Eric Deggans.


  1. I pretty much always watch Survivor, and I'll probably keep watching. I hope the show handles it right -- by which I would think the right approach is to go ahead and separate by race, then not make a big deal of it, conducting business as usual and seeing whether it actually makes a difference in game play.

    Or, you know, they could go the morally reprehensible route -- stoke racial tensions as much as they can and in any way that they can, then let the tribes go at each other with no holds barred. That could make for good TV too; even if it's a shitty thing to do.

    The hyperventilating from the commentariat on the subject should be entertaining as well.

  2. I used to watch religiously until the all-star edition. I imagine I'll tune in. It may terrible or it could open up a dialogue. I'll bet on the former.

  3. I have to finish Big Brother first. Shoot...what else is an out of work seminary student supposed to do.

  4. After so many season they have to come up with something new. We'll see how it goes.

  5. I don't think that I can watch it. I'd probably pull for the white people, and that may trigger some sort of guilt that I don't want to deal with. I think that as a white guy, I'm supposed to pull for the black people, aren't I? Should I have said that out loud, or am I supposed to only think it. This is very confusing to me. I'll need to write a post to sort it out.

  6. Doug: I think it's well established that except for the whole Martha-Stewart-Apprentice thing, Mark Burnett knows how to make good TV. I don't think any stoking of racial tensions would be required; if they are there, then they're going to come into play (the racial tensions, I'm referring to).

    Adam: You watch "Big Brother?" Ugh. There's lots better stuff to pass the time than that. Why aren't you watching "Project Runway?" I'd think it'd be all the rage at Asbury...

    Jonathan: Nice to see you here again. You're reminding me that I need to leave more comments for you, aren't you? I know you are...

    Sojourner: Yes, glad to see you! I thought I lost you with the whole pastors-shouldn't-here-relatives post I made. Writing sometimes helps to get your thoughts together, you know...

  7. Matt,

    Okay, I wrote the post. Do you think I'm going to get into trouble for it?

  8. I read it, Pastor Brad. I found it amusing.