August 23, 2006

Sounds like college!

Via The Corner comes word that the next season of "Survivor" will have teams segregated by race (my emphasis):

The announcement was made on CBS' Early Show. Host Jeff Probst says the idea "actually came from the criticism that 'Survivor' was not ethnically diverse enough." He says the twist fits in perfectly with what "Survivor" does, saying the show is "a social experiment. And this is adding another layer to that experiment." Probst says contestants had mixed reactions to the racial divisions.

Man, does that sound like the modern university or what! Colleges are always clamoring about "diversity" (actually, the lack thereof), and yet when one actually checks out the average campus, there are separate dorms and "centers" for every race and ethnicity imaginable. How oxymoronic can you get?

Posted by Hube at August 23, 2006 06:42 PM | TrackBack

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I've never watched Survivor, but I've been told that the minority players usually got voted off the island first because they couldn't work collaboratively with their white teammates. Maybe what the network is trying to do is ensure that there are minority players in the game all the way to the end and therefore keep more minority viewers tuned in longer. So, is this a ratings ploy or a socio-ethnic experiment, a la the Duke brothers in Trading Places? Either way, I won't be tuning in to find out.

Posted by: G Rex at August 24, 2006 12:07 PM