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nonsuch
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posted 28 August 2003 01:39 AM      Profile for nonsuch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Have you thought about this?
I have, off and on.
What was significant about that tv show?
First, the title. Really, no contestant was in any danger: they could leave or be rescued at any time. It wasn't about survival; it was about winning the prize. Life = money?
Second, the set-up. Teams are supposed to work together... except when it's convenient to betray team-members: alliances are opportunistic and transitory.
Third, the payoff. The winner is the hardiest, most plausible, sneakiest, most calculating cynical bastard.
Fourth, popularity. Why did no idealistic, red-blooded Americans seem to find this show objectionable?

How accurate a picture of current American values does all this present?


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