Amusing Ourselves To Survive Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Amusing Ourselves To Survive
A discussion on Neil Postman's book, "Amusing Ourselves to Death", in relation to the television series, "Survivor".
# 41516 | 1,150 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 24, 2003 in Communication (Television) , Sociology (Media and Society)

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This paper uses Neil Postman's book, "Amusing Ourselves to Death", to analyze and critique the first season of "Survivor," the most popular network "Reality-TV" venture so far. The paper finds that the first season of "Survivor" was a very entertaining, however, as an opportunity for public discourse on social change or stability in small groups, it failed miserably.

"Survivor" Summary

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""Survivor" was the first of the mainstream Reality TV shows. As mentioned above, "The Real World" pioneered this style of "docu-soap" that combined live-seeming video footage of 'random,' unscripted social situations with highly selective editing and actor manipulation that created the appearance of an entertaining narrative about what happens when strangers have to live together. In order to beef up the plotless nature of this new genre, "Survivor" created the automatic drama of being cast away on a desert island with strangers, rather than merely having to play house with them for 6 months. Each week, the cast of "Survivor" would meet and decide who would be eliminated from the island. The basis for such elimination was not dictated by the producers, and could range from group pity on an individual with medical problems, to prejudice or dislike on the basis of sexual orientation or interpersonal conflicts. The first season managed to dramatize many instances of cruelty and pathos facilitated by the extreme situation, successfully keeping its viewers eyes fixed on their advertisers' spots, and dependent on gossip and suspense until the outcome of that week's "vote" had been resolved."

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