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Reality Tv Presentation

Reality Tv Presentation

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(Slide 1)Origins and General InfoSurvivor is a highly popular reality-tv show that has been airing on CBS since May of 2000. The 22
nd
 season is currently airing and it has been renewed for (at least) two more. The premise of the showrevolves around a group of people who have been marooned at some isolated location and must surviveby providing food and shelter for themselves, while competing in physical challenges and eliminatedplayers until a final player is awarded a monetary prize.(Slide 2)Just a short history here, like any great American reality show nowadays, it seems to have found lifesomewhere else entirely. The original concept was created by Charlie Parsons, a British tv producer andwas called Expedition Robinson. That show first aired in Sweden in 1997 and in case you werewondering it still airs today.(Slide 3)Each season begins with two tribes, although three season started out with three or four tribes, beforefinally being merged into one tribe mid-way through the season. Two types of challenges exist in eachepisode, the Reward Challenge, where one tribe or person is receives food, car, time with a loved one,etc rand the immunity challenge in which one tribe or person is saved from that weeks elimination. Atthe end of every episode, there is tribal council and the players vote someone off. At the last tribalcouncil a jury decided between the remaining two or three players with the winner receiving a milliondollar prize.Throughout the seasons, the rules and format of the shows have changed, in order to keep things fresh.Luxury items seems to be a thing of the past and exile island is the it things. Fans favourite playershave even come back in four special seasons, eventhough the show hasnt been around for that long.Despite this new elements, the show, at its core, remains virtually unchanged.Reality Television or Game Show(Slide 4)There are many genres of reality television shows. While some focus on just watching groups of peopleliving out their lives, some are dating show, talk shows, prank shows even renovation shows and areusually nothing more than just some elaborate social experiments. The reality television phenomenon isthat is sweeping mainly though network stations is really a hybrid of reality based television and gameshows.(Slide 5)Survivor is prime example of this hybrid, similar to the real world, the surreal life, or wife swap you see abunch of strangers living together and the challenges and problems that arise from throwing a groupinto an unknonwn situation. At the same time though, the contestant are competing against one
 
another in order to be the last one standing and receiving a million dollars, which is ultimately whatgame show or competition shows are.(Slide 6)How does Survivor differ from other shows?No one can deny that while we all know the shows are scripted and/or edited to highlight thesemoments, there is a reason why the show focuses on them. While shows like The Real World broughtpeople together in a social experiment, Mark Burnett, the creator of the Survivor, decided to take thatone step further. He said it was easy to get good television out of people being forced to live togetherand admitted that he thought he could make great television by making it worse for them. He took thehybrid of reality show and competition show one step further, therefore making it one of the first showto popularize the watching of someone elses real pain as entertainment.(Slide 7)Value Systems and Pleasure in Watching Someone SufferThis says something about the value systems of our society. What does it say about us when we takepleasure in watching someone suffering. This isnt a new trend in reality tv though, weve been watchingpeople getting hurt on Amercias Funniest Video long before Survivor and the rest of the reality-tv gangcame around. This appears to be an underlying theme in any reality show and a reason why I believethat reality shows are so popular. In a way, its how we make ourselves feel good about who we are andwhat we do. We can look at the people on tv and say that you would never do that or that you could doit better.(Slide 8)Influences of SurvivorSurvivor wasnt the first show in which pleasure in suffering for entertainment value was used and itsurely will not the last. You can see influences of Survivor in other reality shows, such as Big Brotherwhich was relative tamer and more boring in the first seasons but now follows the format of how can Imake this worse for the contestants and even going so far as to having challenges similar to Survivor.(Slide 9)Similarly, MTV has even jumped on the Survivor-like bandwagon when they combined two of their hitshows, The Real World and Road Rules. However , it wasnt until the 7
th
season, known as the Gauntlet,that the teams no longer travelled in buses and rvs in between challenges and when voting to eliminateteammates started to happen. Coincidentally, in this season of Survivor, you can see influences of theMTV series in which players who are chosen for elimination, challenge each other for the right to stay inthe game.(Slide 10)
 
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nderstanding the Survivor format is quite easy and can transcend cultures and time. Survivor is notonly appealing to the market in which it began but has spread throughout the world and severaldifferent version in many countries exist. Survivor may not have gotten as popular as it did if it aired 20years ago, but it is still a show that would have been appealing back then. Would the effects be thesame a couple decades from now? Probably not, since trends in television viewing change but it doesappear that reality shows are here to stay at least for the foresable future.(Slide 11)The influence of Survivor has even been seen on the animated series The Simpsons in their episodeHelter Shelter, when the family participated in The 1895 Challenge when they went lived in a Victorianhouse and pretended to be living as people did in 1895.(Slide 12)HypperealityWhile reality television is supposed to be showing up a reality, you never really get a true sense of reality. All survivor does it offer up a hyperreal version of what it would be like to be marooned. In thefirst few seasons the contestants were dropped off with a crate with some essentials before the showfinally moved to a format that was more fitting of really ended up in the middle of nowhere withnothing. If you actually washed up on a beach on some deserted island, there would be a good chanceyou wouldnt have tools at your disposal or have taken time to do survival training first. Also you surelywouldnt be scheming behind other peoples backs to vote them off the island.(Slide 13)Survivor as CommoditySurvivor is also something that can succeed outside of its reality tv genre. It has been made into acommodity, just like everything else in pop culture seems to be. A wide range of merchandise bearingthe Survivor logo is available, but what I find really make Survivor a commodity is the fact that therehave been Survivor computer and board games made, a thrill ride and even a musical, which allowsaudience members to participate in the whole Survivor experiences without having to go on the show.

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