Coffee Rhetoric: The Revolution To be Televised??

August 30, 2006

The Revolution To be Televised??

This season, Survivor has opted to venture into some controversial territory. In the same way no one likes to acknowledge the line of demarcation separating the classes in this country, people tend to be just as reluctant to discuss the politics and complexities of race in America. Survivor has decided to split teams up by race- (Latin-American, Asian-American, Caucasian, and Black)- to compete with one another. Eventually, as the contestants are whittled down, they’ll become one, multicultural unit, until the final one triumphs. Different groups are up in arms about the way the teams will be presented this season, and have demanded that CBS scrap the idea. Of course they aren’t going to. Survivor spokeswhores have responded that they feel the idea is a good "social exercise" and how they concocted the idea, after numerous complaints that the show just wasn’t culturally diverse enough. Is this, in fact, a social exercise, or a sick way to regain victory in the prime-time ratings war? Are CBS and the creators of Survivor using the most controversial study to gain viewers? Are they fostering bigotry for their own interests, with this new game’s strategy? Moreover, is it right? That remains to be seen when the season premieres. As much of a pop-culture junky as I am, I think I will pass on this show. I’ve never been a Survivor fan to begin with, and I refuse to feed into this sort of hype. I’ll stay faithful to Flavor of Love.