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Blog Participation

1. On a scale of 1-5, how consistent were you with submitting your blog posts in a timely manner?

  • I would rate myself a 5. I submitted all of my blog posts within the proper timeframe. Generally, immediately after watching the episode I would use the notes I took to create my blog post so that it would be turned as soon as possible.

2. On a scale of 1-5, how consistent were you with posting at least one thorough comment on a peer’s blog?

  • In this section I would rate myself a 4. I often took a little longer to post comments. I would often read through a few of them to find one I could agree with or elaborate on.

3. On a scale of 1-5, how well did you integrate class concepts into your posts about the Survivor show?

  • I would rate myself a 5. I made an effort to read each chapter thoroughly before completing the blog post. In doing so, I was able to apply terms and ideas to situations that played out throughout each episode of the competition. It wasn’t difficult for me to integrate the material because I thought it was very relevant to the show and expressed the dynamics of the teams.

4. Please describe what you think your strengths were in regard to blogging and participation.

  • One of my main strengths was that I completed all of the blog posts and comments thoroughly and in a timely manner. I participated every week and I was very descriptive with my answers. Also, I feel that I integrated the material very well according to each chapter and episode assigned.

5. Please describe how you think you could improve on your blogging and participation.

  • In regards to participation, I don’t feel I need to improve at all because I completed all of my assignments on time. However, I think I could have perhaps tried to integrate the material in a more interesting way. This could have been accomplished by using pictures or providing my own personal input on the events that occurred in the chapter rather than just objectively describing them.

6. What did you like about blogging?

  • Overall, I liked the idea of blogging about the Survivor episodes. I had never watched the show prior to this class, and I thought it was a very creative way of analyzing and applying the course material. I felt that through my blogging, I was able to absorb more of the meaning behind the chapter information because it allowed me to understand the subject in a completely new way.

7. What did you dislike about blogging?

  • The only thing I disliked about blogging was that sometimes it was difficult to keep up. Because there was a new episode every week, there was also some confusion at times about which episode to blog about.

8. What suggestions do you have for this assignment in the future?

  • Overall, I enjoyed the assignment as well as watching the show. The only adjustment I would suggest making would be to discuss the course concepts and episode while in class. I think conversing with others about the different interpretations of how the course applied to the episode would be an interesting way to learn more about the material.

Blog Post #9

Throughout all of survivor, motivation has been an extremely important factor in affecting how participants play the game. In the second challenge, Jeff begins to present different plates of food in front of the members in order to tempt them to give up and lose the challenge. As they struggle to hold on, Jon is the first that gives into Jeff’s offering, and he immediately gives up immunity at tribal council. Offering food to the group manipulates them into giving up because they have been hungry for days and desperately need food for energy. This takes into account Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in that it plays on the contestants physiological needs for food and drink. Jon is then followed by many others; all of them being persuaded and motivated by the need for nourishment.

Later in the episode, Reed begins to use his own strategies to persuade the others to vote for Jon at tribal council. He reveals that he wants to rally people together and offer them the idea because he believes Jon has become too comfortable in the game. This was particularly evident as he was the first to give up in the immunity challenge. Jon is an obvious threat to everyone in the competition as everyone has the impression that he is the “alpha” of the group. Reed wants to change this by offering members a sense of choice. He proposes the idea to the others so that they have the impression that their opinions and votes could drastically change the competition and that they can make a difference overall. Therefore, the members will each feel a sense of progress which is another key reason for motivation within a group. They will not only further themselves in the competition, but they will also be able to accomplish a goal they set together to change the course of the entire game.

Survivor Blog Post #8

In episode 9 of survivor, members begin to use leadership roles to their own personal advantage. At the beginning of the episode, it is clear that both Jeremy and John are the players with the most power. After winning the first challenge, Jeremy and Natalie decide to make a strategic move by switching places with John and Jacklyn who were on the losing team. Their tactical move is most accurately identified as an example of servant/functional leadership. Jeremy and Natalie gave up a meal and trip on a yacht to thank Jon and Jacklyn for their loyalty. They believed their selfless actions would be to the benefit of the group in that it would better unite them as a whole, ultimately strengthening their alliance.

However, after Jeremy is sent to Exile Island and realizes that Jon has been withholding an idol, Jon uses leader-member relations in order to promote his own plan. Jon chooses to confess to Missy that he has idol and reveals that he is fearful Jeremy will use it to plot everyone against him later in the competition. By confiding in Missy, a member of his own alliance, he tries to mobilize his plan and attempt to recruit others to execute a main goal. In the end, it appears his idea was successful when Jeremy was unexpectedly blindsided and voted out.

Survivor Blog Post #7

In episode 8 of Survivor, decision making and problem solving techniques become the key to making effective choices within the group. Similarly to episode 7, at the beginning of the episode Josh tries to convince Baylor to side with him instead of her mother’s and Jeremy’s alliance. He tries to persuade her into voting for Jeremy because he claims that she owes it to him after he had saved her previously in the competition. By adding Baylor to his team, he hopes to solidify more numbers within his own alliance. Also, he believes it will allow him to build a consensus among his alliance members to accomplish the mutual goal of voting Jeremy out of the competition. Josh sees Jeremy as the biggest threat to him in the competition and believes that with enough power, influence, and individuals agreeing with him, everyone’s willingness to achieve the same goal will ultimately force Jeremy to leave. However, Baylor is not phased by his proposal to her and resolves to side with Jeremy’s group instead.

Jacklyn also faces a situation in which she must persuade other individuals to side with her as well. After Jon is chosen to go to Exile Island, Jacklyn realizes that the male alliance they had previously sided with did not value her opinion or input within the group. It soon became apparent that without Jon’s presence, their former alliance had no consideration for her vote at all and ignored her entirely. Her feeling a lack of respect and trust from the group caused her to try to persuade Jon to switch alliances. Jon however, felt skeptical and questioned whether her decision was the right one. Jacklyn and Jon were then forced to use problem solving techniques in order to come to a solution. They needed to analyze the problem of deciding which alliance was better and weigh out the options. They also needed to debate on the pros and cons of each side. A pro of switching teams that they discussed would be that they would be able to vote out Josh, who was also a strong competitor and leader of their former alliance, which would give them more power. On the other hand, a con they mentioned was that siding with Jeremy may backfire when he could win the competition entirely because his story is more convincing than theirs. Jon and Jacklyn’s decision to strategize with one another ultimately led them to change alliances and vote for Josh at tribal council. In the end, it was the majority vote that caused Josh to be voted out of the competition.

Survivor Blog Post #6

At the beginning of the sixth episode of survivor, the Hunahpuh tribe met with Jeff in order to receive a new bag of rice because they had run extremely short. However, in order for them to earn the rice, Jeff requires them to trade in their comfort items which would leave them vulnerable in rainy weather. In individual interviews, Jeremy expresses his frustration with the tribe’s decision to trade in the comfort items for food. Although Jeremy was one of the original Hunahpuh tribe members and was one of the reasons that the new tribe ran out of food, he fails to consider this when speaking in his interviews. In his discussion, he does not use plural and collective pronouns which is a key component of communication according to “team talk.” For example, explains that “the brainiacs gave the tarp away” and that “they are so dumb.” Jeremy not only places the blame on the rest of the team, but fails to acknowledge that he did not try to stop their actions in any way and therefore is equally responsible for the results of the trade.

In another situation, Julie uses verbal communication in order to express her feelings to the tribe. After the tribe has given up their comfort items, Julie complains throughout the rainy night claiming that she has reached her breaking point. She verbally expresses to the group her discomfort with the situation and her internal feelings of doubt and regret. That same night she explains, ” I don’t know if I can do this.” Through her verbal communication and obvious display of emotions, Julie sends a message to the rest of the group that she is beginning to question her place within the competition.

According to the text, men and women have distinct differences in their manner of communicating nonverbally. Within the Coyopa tribe, Missy and Baylor display nonverbal behavior very common for women as a gender. For example, they continually use expressive movements, displays of emotion, as well as facial expressions to communicate feelings with one another. They also tend to be very affectionate with one another and touch each other when in conversation. Men, on the other hand, tend to distance themselves more from one another, seem less emotionally involved, and touch each other less. However, in the Hunahpuh tribe Josh and Reed appear to the the exception to this rule. Throughout the competition they smile often, hug one another and other teammates, as well as clearly display their emotions. After winning the challenge for his tribe, Reed began to cry in front of everyone, communicating to his team that he is proud that he was able to contribute to the success of the tribe. The couple tend to also interact within intimate space with one another as well as the other tribe members when in conversation. Most men would not react to such an accomplishment in this manner, but would rather withdraw emotional connection from the situation and internalize their feelings. Josh and Reed’s unusual display of nonverbal communication may perhaps be helping them achieve the respect of the female participants and also be the reason they are doing so well in the competition.

Blog Post #5

In episode 5 of Survivor, the Coyopa and Hunahpuh tribes were split, separating everyone into new tribes with new members. This split forced the participants to go through the group formation process all over again. Although members on the Coyopa and Hunahpuh tribes appeared to be polite and cautious with one another in the “forming stage” toward the beginning of the episode, it soon became apparent that the storming stage was taking over. In the new Coyopa tribe, as Missy began distributing rice to the group, Dale began to make comments that she needed to ration the food rather than give out large portions as she was doing. Dale, already being a member of the Coyopa group, feared that Missy as a new member did not understand the previous rules and norms established for eating within the tribe. It appears that in response to Dale’s comments about giving out less food, that Missy was exhibiting defensive listening. Missy interpreted Dale’s comments as a personal attack on her, when in reality he was trying to make sure the group had enough food to last throughout the rest of their stay on the island. Because she focused too much on his criticisms of her actions, she was unable to listen objectively and realize the truth in Dale’s suggestions.

After the Coyopa tribe lost their first challenge as a new group, members were forced to engage and communicate with one another about how to vote at tribal council. Because Dale and Missy began having problems when the tribe first formed, John and Jacklyn were put into a difficult situation. Dale and Kelley as well as Missy and Baylor confided in John and Jacklyn to vote in their favor at tribal council as they attempted to persuade them into voting out a member from the opposite couple. When they communicated with each of the couples to identify their perspectives, it appeared they were exhibiting listening intended to interpret. John and Jacklyn specifically exhibited empathic listening in order to learn about the emotions and perspectives of the other members in the group. They met with Dale and Kelley as well as Missy and Baylor to gain a better understanding of their individual situations, feelings, and most importantly their motives in why they believed the other couple should be voted out. John and Jacklyn were also listening to evaluate when conversing with the other group members as they critically analyzed the valid points each of the couples brought up in order to persuade them. However, in the end, it was John and Jacklyn’s decision to side with Missy and Baylor as they made a smart tactical move to vote out Kelley, who they felt may be threat to them later in the competition.

Survivor Blog Post #4

In the fourth episode of Survivor, group diversity and personality dimensions became more clear. At the beginning of the episode, Baylor alludes to how certain personality types can cause destructive conflict within a team. As she reflected on how John had been voted off, she felt it was necessary for him to leave in order for the team to move forward. She revealed that with his removal, the team could attain more positivity as a whole. It becomes apparent that John’s aggression as well as the hostility he projected during his stay on the island, were results of the disagreeableness of his personality. He lacked the cooperative and trusting nature that the team needed, and therefore the team resolved to get rid of him entirely.

In this episode, we also began to see real issues arise within the Hunahpuh tribe for the very first time. After returning from Exile Island and receiving the clue for a hidden idol located at camp, Keith began to make assumptions that because he could not locate it himself, that Jeremy who had been their previously had obtained it. Although he was not correct in his assumptions, he began to share this information with other members within the tribe who then later addressed Jeremy about it. Jeremy, who had previously formed an alliance with Keith, became extremely upset about his accusation and felt betrayed by someone he trusted. His reaction to the conflict reveals that Jeremy is somewhat of a “feeler” within the group. Because he is is very friendly and people-oriented, he values his relationships with his teammates so much, that it angered him deeply that Keith had shared his false assumptions with the rest of the group. Keith’s statement could have possibly placed Jeremy in some unnecessary conflict with other group members. Jeremy took Keith’s actions as a personal attack on him, revealing that perhaps he “thinks with his heart” rather than his head.

More obviously, Drew’s personality traits began to unfold but in a very negative way. In prior episodes, Drew’s carelessness in the group became apparent as he wouldn’t contribute to getting basic tasks done at camp. However, it isn’t until the fourth episode that his lack of conscientiousness and consideration of others truly becomes evident. Despite his inability to hold his own, he had the illusion that he was responsible for the tribe’s success. In his personal interview, he made comments claiming that “without [him] these people would be nothing.” He acted as if he is carrying the team through the entire process, however he clearly lacks an accurate view of reality. His over-confidence is also identifiable with his extroverted personality. Although he does communicate his feelings with others, he lacks the consideration of thinking before speaks. His personality gets him into trouble because he easily offends the other tribe members and he draws people against him rather than for him. Drew also revealed that he purposely lost in the challenge so that he could start voting people off from tribe that he did not trust, which ultimately reveals the presence of a hidden agenda. However, in the end his plan ultimately backfires when his team turned against him and he was the one sent home.

Survivor Blog Post #3

In the third episode of Survivor conflict between members began to arise, specifically within the Coyopa tribe. After the Hunahpuh tribe won the second challenge, Natalie began to make remarks at the Coyopa tribe, suggesting they “switch up” their game plan and vote John out of their tribe at tribal council. She then revealed in front of everyone that both teams were aware of the racist and homophobic comments he had made in the past. In response to this, John became defensive and dealt with the problem by exhibiting a competitive conflict style. He was aggressive and hostile with his reaction, and began to ridicule Natalie by making statements such as, “if you were a man, I would knock your teeth out.” Although John was defending himself against the statements that Natalie had initially brought up, it was unnecessary to personally attack her and make violent comments towards her. Through exhibiting such harsh and unrestrained behavior, John was unknowingly pitting more people on the Hunahpuh tribe against him, and not to mention, members within his own tribe.

In addition, a mixture of both substantive as well as affective conflict was emerging among the Coyopa tribe. As they were once again forced to make a decision at tribal council, the group members congregated with one another several times in order to come to a unanimous decision. John met with the girls initially in order to share his plan of voting Dale off the team, however he does this with the intention only to blindside Baylor from his true motives, which are to vote her off at tribal council. He then went to the males within the group and revealed his actual plan to vote for Baylor. Although it appeared that at first the men were in agreement with his idea, most of them in actuality, were in accordance with what Josh had planned – to vote off John. This conflict within the group appeared to be substantive in that the members were unable to reach a collective decision or goal when meeting with one another. As different ideas were being tossed amongst tribe members, it became unclear what the group’s main decision was to be, and therefore certain group members such as Dale, voted in a different manner than others.

However, the root of the conflict itself appeared to be mainly affective. In an individual interview, both Baylor and Josh revealed their concerns about John’s personality and trustworthiness within the group. Josh revealed that John’s deceitfulness at the previous tribal council influenced him to believe that he had ulterior motives. He also explained that he did not want to continue to be in an alliance with someone who did not share the same values and beliefs for the team as he did. This interpersonal disagreement between John and his fellow tribe members caused the entire team to clash with him and ultimately led to him being sent home when they all decided to oppose him.

Survivor Blog Post #2

By the second episode of Survivor, members in both the Hunahpuh and Coyopa tribes have developed enough experience to become comfortable and ultimately expose more of their true personalities. As these personalities emerge, it appears that certain members are struggling to establish themselves within the group. For example, in the Hunahpuh tribe, members John and Drew are both shown boasting about their physical abilities and engaging in competitions with each other in front of their fellow tribe-members. It appears that in this case, their need for inclusion within the group has not been fully met, ultimately influencing them into becoming “oversocial members.”

In addition, John’s over-social behavior is also exposed after he realizes he is responsible for losing the tribe’s flint, a necessity for starting fires at camp. In a personal interview, John reveals that he feels it is necessary to emphatically express his admission to the mistake in order to ensure his place within the tribe. Already feeling that his status within the tribe is unstable, John believes that by attracting attention to the matter and profusely expressing his remorse, he will be able to avoid feeling ostracized by the group. Drew and John alike resolve to attract attention to themselves in order to make up for what they feel they lack: inclusion and companionship. In order to compensate for their feelings of inadequacy, they believe that by impressing the other members, they will be able to gain more acceptance overall.

On the other hand, in the Coyopa tribe, members begin to reveal their more of their assertiveness. In the episode, the audience begins to identify John as “low-apprehension member.” He becomes more confident overall, asserts himself, and expresses his opinions with the group more openly. However, as he struggled to successfully complete the first challenge, it appears that his assertiveness and lack of apprehension can quickly turn hostile and aggressive.

Coyopa member Josh also begins to assert himself more within the group as well, but in a very different manner. Josh, taking on the “coordinator” role within the group, brings it upon himself to strategize with other members before tribal council commences so that a common goal can be achieved. However, as alliances become fickle and decisions must be made, Josh’s behavior becomes “passive-agressive.” Towards the beginning of the episode, Josh converses with Baylor about his dedication to their own alliance, however later on, he meets with John and the other men in order to form a plan to vote Baylor off of the team. Although Josh has the facade of being a team player, he deceives and manipulates others only to further himself in the competition rather than do what is best for the team as a whole. He continually turns on the “alliances” he forms with the other tribe members and cannot commit to his word. Therefore, in the end, Val is sent home after he goes against his word to John and persuades the other men into questioning her possession of an idol. He is then able to keep his strongest alliance with Baylor and maintain his control over the team’s decisions through the plans he formulates behind-the-scenes.

Survivor Blog 1

        The first episode of Survivor began by portraying the initial forming stage that newly formed groups experience. As the loved ones were separated from their partners and distributed into different tribes, each of the members were forced to acquaint themselves with complete strangers. Throughout the remainder of their stay, each of the contestants are forced to work alongside these new people in order to complete challenges and ultimately survive in the competition. Within the first one or two days, some behavior related to primary tension became identifiable. For example, Dale, a member or the Coyopa tribe, seemed introverted and exhibited more apprehension while other group members became more engaged with one another. He felt his age made him an outsider within the tribe. Therefore, when the group members banded together to try and form shelter and fire, Dale separated himself from the rest of the tribe and tried to accomplish the task on his own.

        After Jeremy won the first challenge for his tribe Hunahpuh, it soon become clear that alliances were beginning to take form as the groups entered into the storming stage. Jeremy, in attempt to establish status among his group members, resolved to connect with the other contestants on an individual level. Through building one-on-one connections with the other tribe members, Jeremy was able to build trust as well as create his place within the tribe. In addition, Jeremy also established himself as a leader among the group.

        On the other hand, the Coyopa tribe became more divided as time elapsed. The female members formed a subgroup within the tribe while the male members formed another. When it came time for the tribe to vote someone from the team out of the competition, members confided in one another in order to make the best decision. While the female group spoke of voting off Dale, the oldest member of the tribe, the male group discussed voting off Nadia. The men believed she was untrustworthy and suspected her of having a hidden agenda in other televised competitions she participated in. The male members felt her history would inhibit the group’s progress and ultimately become detrimental to the tribe later in the competition. In the end, previously undecided voter Josh appeared to also vote for Nadia, which ultimately led to her being sent home.