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Blog Reflection

1) About a 4, I did miss one blog post, but all others were completed on time.

2) 3, I did forget to comment on a peer’s blog a few times.

3) 5, I made sure that I integrated the various concepts from the assigned chapter to my blog posts and elaborated on the concepts and how they were employed.

4) I think I did a very good job at analyzing the show through our class concepts and making connections between the assigned chapters and Survivor episodes.

5) My participation could have been improved by just being more aware when the blog posts were due. A couple blog posts caught me by surprise so I had to do them at the last minute. I also could have commented on more of my peer’s blogs to increase my participation.

6) I think it was a pretty easy way to log our ideas and record our ideas about the text and Survivor. Being able to see others’ posts as well was a different way to see how they interpreted the show and different concepts from the text.

7) The blogs really didn’t seem like they had much to do with the class other than relating Survivor to our text which could have been done pretty thoughtlessly. I think if the blogs were integrated and discussed in class more they would have gained more attention.

8) I think the commenting on peer’s blogs was somewhat irrelevant. Most comments weren’t thoughtful or very thought provoking, just simple statements to get the participation credit.


Survivor and Group Motivation

This chapter is perfectly suited and relative to Survivor as it entails the aspects that create the alliances that decide the fate of the tribal council decisions. Through the different aspects of group motivation, tribe members learn what and how they are motivated and how these concepts will dictate their alliance position and how they will vote.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is also a very visible part of the experience on Survivor. Obviously shelter and food are a vital and pivotal part of life on Survivor. Although these needs are necessary for life and they seem very important, success on the show may more importantly come from motivators. Because the goal of the game is essentially to survive tribal council, motivators play an essential role in dictating how tribe members will find their motivation to side with which alliance they choose and ultimately how they will vote at tribal council. Feeling a sense of belonging and having trust in your alliance is absolutely vital in motivating how members will ally and play the game.

Critical decisions are made when members, such as John, decide that having a sense of meaningfulness promotes him to vote off the strongest competition like Jeremy, rather than simply voting safely and taking the easy route at tribal council. The dynamics of the alliance and their strategy also implicates a groups sense of choice. When contradictions about which way the alliance vote, some tribe members will feel that their sense of choice is inhibited. John and Jaquelyn have forced their alliance to question their sense of choice, as they have switched thier vote at the last minute the last two tribal councils, going against their alliances original plan.

A sense of competence has also been vital in the challenge aspect of the game. When picking a team leaves one member unpicked and out of the game, usually Missy or Keith, it reveals that the tribe members do not feel a very strong sense of physical competence in them. This likely also reflects on the Missy and Keith’s own feelings about their place in the game and their group roles and how they are motivated.

Group Leadership in Survivor

After the reality of Josh being voted off of Survivor sinks in, the men’s alliance realize they are in a really tough position. One of their biggest problems is perhaps their leadership issue. Josh may not have been the sole or clear leader of the men’s alliance, but he certainly led the alliance and took the reign to try to persuade the other members and persuade them to join their alliance. I believe that the loss of Josh is a huge loss for the men’s alliance because Josh was an emergent leader. He was not specifically designated or voted the leader, but his interactions and communication with both his alliance members and his efforts to gain alliance with the other members made him a very strong and influential figure in the men’s alliance. Josh certainly used a very proactive approach with his leading, talking early and often and offering his opinion in order to persuade the other members.

After winning a luxurious reward in the reward challenge, Natalie and Jeremy make a dramatic announcement when they decide to give up their reward spots to John and Jaquelyn. This gesture not only shows Natalie and Jeremy’s respect for John and Jaquelyn, but it also signifies the fact that John and Jaquelyn are emerging as leaders as a couple in the game and in the other alliance. Because John and Jaquelyn hold two very valuable votes, it is pivotal to have them on your alliance. Opposed to Josh, John and Jaquelyn take more of a backseat approach to their leadership, listening to everyone’s side of the story and plan and sharing what they know to each other to make the most informed decision they can. John and Jaquelyn’s communication and contributions to their alliances tribal council has evidently paid off and proven them to be a a very strong leader as a power couple.

John is obviously a very powerful player in this game. I think that this stems from the fact that John has both very strong position and personal power. John’s positional power comes from his and Jaquelyn’s position as the power couple and swaying vote. Because his vote is so vital as it is essentially two votes in one, he holds a very strong and powerful position when it comes to members wanting his alliance. His personal power has also gained prowess as his alliance members like Jeremy and Natalie have shown their strong respect for John.

Survivor and CH 9

The two alliances continue to grow clearer and stronger as Jeremy and Josh fight for their spot on Survivor. Jeremy is reliant upon John and Jaquelyn to sway the vote in his favor as Josh pleads John, Jaquelyn and Baylor for some insurance. After the reward challenge, Josh makes another move on Baylor to try and gain her alliance. Josh engages in a question of policy when he states, “Don’t you think you owe me the favor not to vote for me?” Josh thinks that because he had voted and rallied to save Baylor in previous tribal councils that a policy of a returned favor is in order. Baylor is very turned off by this move from Josh and begins to question his value, explaining that it is immoral and wrong for Josh to ask and request for Baylor’s loyalty because he did her favors previously. She even goes on to question his up bringing and wonders how someone who was raised by a pastor and such a strong Christian background could make such a request and enact that kind of policy.

After indulging in their taco bar reward, Keith, his son, and Alec get back to camp and can’t stop talking about and flaunting their reward in front of the girls. Alec takes his disrespect to another level, acting as if Baylor is his slave and making remarks about Jaquelyn and Baylor doing nothing for the tribe. This obviously upsets Jaquelyn very much and perhaps causes her to make a spontaneous decision when she claims that the boys remarks lost them her vote and alliance. Although it seems logical that Jaquelyn would act this way and it is justified that she shouldn’t vote or ally with the boys, her decision was not completely rational and may be something she regrets in the future. With Jaquelyn’s mind made up to change her vote and her relationship with John, Alec’s mouth could have just changed the entire game in an instant.

Survivor and CH 6

The newest episode of Survivor kicks off with the news that the tribes will be merging. As soon as this news reaches the Hunahpu tribe Josh and Reed engage in team talk and demonstrate this in the team talk dimension of identification, planning that “we need to get Jeremy out.” When the two tribes are merged and reacquaint themselves with each other, Jeremy also begins to engage in team talk with as many allies as he can gather. Talking ¬†with both Missy and John, Jeremy also demonstrates identification when he continually expresses “We got this.” When Josh and Reed discuss their fear of Jeremy’s plan and their need to gain numbers, Josh inherently uses conflict management stating, “I’m going to guilt trip Baylor.” Also when talking to Baylor, Josh expresses a sense of Interdependence when he tells Baylor “with you, we have the numbers.”

Conflicted about betraying Josh and allying with Jeremy’s alliance, Baylor seeks her mom’s advice to figure out what their best plan is. In this instance Baylor offers a perfect example of the relationship between language and gender. Her discussion with her mom portrays her tentative and apprehensive emotions and she asks her mom several questions to ensure that she is doing the right thing.

Josh is obviously getting very worried that the majority of the tribe is going to ally with Jeremy. He exhausts all the options and pleas he can, confronting John and Jaquelyn. However, in my opinion John and Jaquelyn’s facial expression tell their whole perspective. Neither John or Jaquelyn want to make eye contact with Josh and try to keep their focus away from Josh. John seems like he is trying to distract himslef from the conversation in attempt to stay very straight faced and avoid conveying a clear decision to side with either Josh or not. Josh’s face also doesn’t show much hope as he kind of puts on the “I gave it a try” face.

Listen Up Survivor

Is Jeremy still on the Hunahpu tribe? It definitely doesn’t seem like Jeremy wants to be a part of his tribe at all and would rather be in his own tribe. He is completely disgusted with his tribe’s decision to make a trade in order to gain the rice that they are in desperate need of. This trade to get the rice may seem like the smartest thing that Hunahpu could do, or maybe they weren’t really listening to Jeff Probst or were using selective listening when Jeff told them that the penalty for their rice would be very stiff. Jeremy was definitely listening. He knew that Jeff was going to clean them out and that’s exactly what he did. The tribe lost almost the entirety of their shelter in turn for the bag of rice. The rest of the tribe seems pleased and content with the trade, while Jeremy can’t believe that they could be happy about the trade. Listening in groups is much more difficult because there are so many different ideas and perspectives being discussed and listened to. Perhaps Jeremy’s idea and perception was too different than the consensus of the tribe and couldn’t get the attentive listening that he obviously deserved. On the next challenge, the Hunahpu tribe won a Survivor BBQ. I’m sure they sure wish they hadn’t made that trade now, as the rain absolutely pounded them all night while they were stuck huddling in the rain with almost no shelter.

Heading towards Coyopa’s tribal counsel, it seemed that Dale got John listening pretty good when he told him that he had an immunity idol and would give John that idol given he survived the tribal counsel that night. Maybe John was pseudo listening to give Dale the impression that he really was listening, although he did seem pretty convinced by Dale’s claim. However, I think John’s girlfriend had him listening and thinking much more critically, as she seemed skeptical about Dale’s claim to have an idol and obviously did enough to convince John to vote out Dale.

Survivor and Group Diversity

Woah! What a way to shake things up in the middle of the show and throw everyone off with a tribal switch. The switch completely changed the complexity of the game, putting three couples together on the Coyopa tribe and Josh and Reed as the only couple in the Hunahpu tribe. This shake up among the tribes and the opportunity to experience new tribal ways offered a perfect opportunity for the tribe members to see the diversity between the two tribes.

The most obvious aspect of diversity after the tribal switch to me was the fact that it put Keith as the only single in the Coyopa tribe. The diversity that this creates for Keith puts him in a very vulnerable position because he is left as the odd man out and makes him a very easy target to vote out. As diverse as Keith’s situation is, Josh and Reed’s is equally as diverse as they become the only couple in the Hunahpu tribe. This also puts them in a situation in which they could very easily be targeted by the majority of the singles and voted out.

Another perfect example of diversity comes into play when Dale and Missy reach a misunderstanding involving the rationing of the rice. Dale is very keen on rationing the rice and is extremely frustrated when Missy and Baylor help themselves to more than the accepted ration amount. When Dale’s daughter takes him on a walk to cool him off, he explains the diversity dynamic among himself and Missy. He describes Missy as spoiled and somewhat of a diva which is very different from the hardworking farmer that he represents. In the conversation between Dale and his daughter, Dale seems to be much more of a thinker as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator would suggest because he is thinking of the rice in a logical and objective manner in terms of rationing which fuels his frustration. His daughter, seeing his frustration, represents much more of a feeler as she explains that it is much more important to ignore the frustration to promote and sustain harmonious and peaceful relationships.

I also think it would be fair to pin the previous Coyopa tribe as more of a collectivist tribe because they rationed their rice appropriately for the future and benefit of the tribe as a whole. Hunahpu on the other hand may have seemed much more individualistic because they could not ration their rice effectively for their own individual needs.

Conflict in Survivor

That was an entertaining episode! I couldn’t stop laughing at Drew the whole time. Unfortunately for him, the “Kingpin’s” ego got in the way of his million dollars and completely came back to bite him. There were multiple conflicts throughout the episode, connecting it perfectly with chapter 8, Conflict and Cohesion in Groups.

Affective conflict continues with Drew and the Hunahpu tribe as all he seems to want to do is whine and complain about the fishing gear. The girls of Hunahpu are annoyed with Drew’s attitude and the way he conducts himself around camp. Keith also gets himself into an affective conflict with Jeremy when he tells the other tribe members that Jeremy must have the idol behind Jeremy’s back. The other tribe members immediately tell Jeremy what Keith had told them, and this severely pisses of Jeremy. After feeling like they had just formed an alliance and bond through their firefighting careers, Jeremy is outraged at the betrayal from Keith. What seemed like a strong alliance and friendship quickly turned 180 degrees as Jeremy immediately declared he would be gunning for Keith now.

Alec also continues to engage in affective conflict through his communication and bossy attitude towards Baylor. Alec seems to think that since his dad always called him out on his work and made him do work over Drew he can act the same way towards Baylor. Baylor is obviously annoyed and feels uncomfortable with the roles that Alec has established between them.

The biggest and most crucial conflict comes when it is time for Hunahpu to finally vote their first tribe member off. Procedural conflict occurs as almost everyone has a different idea about how the group should go about voting off a tribe member in respect to their future as a tribe. Most of the tribe logically decides that Julie would be the best vote because she really doesn’t bring anything to the table in the challenges or at camp. Drew tries to stir things up when he declares that getting rid of Kelley is the tribe’s best option. Drew sees Kelley as a threat and wants her gone. Unfortunately for Drew, the girls don’t feel the same way and either do the other guys. The girls make a plan to vote Drew off but have a hard time convincing the guys who are all over the place. Jeremy really has no clue what to do and feels like he has no option but to side with the girls and vote Drew off. Smart guy Drew and his manipulation skills apparently didn’t work out like he thought they would and was sent packing.