Survivor: Lord of the Flies
Wandered in from the porch (grading boatloads of final papers) to watch enough of the finale of Survivor to note a couple of chronic syndromes:
First, the basic notions of game theory seem to require that the final pair always include someone who is incredibly lame. To win this thing, you want to bring the lousiest player with you to the final decision. Katie should have owned up, that she had no business being there, but instead she made a last-ditch bid for the million bucks, saying she deserved credit for using the "tools" that were available to her, that she "outwitted" the others, etc., though mostly she just snarled.
That brings up the second syndrome: The way the other players in the jury say awful, hateful things that they later regret. The island effect has kicked in. They've been away from civilization too long. Technically this is known as Susan Hawk Syndrome, and if you don't know the reference, never mind. Last night they stood there and called Katie "pathetic" and "worthless" and everything else imaginable other than "verminous." If they did that show for 139 days instead of just 39 we would be allowed to watch the players kill and perhaps even devour the Number Two finisher.
It's a mystery why no one has staged a "Survivor" style show with children. Or have they? Clearly that would draw huge ratings as we watched them revert to crazed animals and attempt to kill one another. What was "Lord of the Flies" if not a treatment for a reality TV show???
Soon to come: Rob and Amber's wedding, followed by Amber giving birth in High-Def, and then the big ratings bonanza: "Rob and Amber's Divorce."
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