In this episode of survivor the allegiance within the tribes seem more apparent than ever. With this allegiance also comes a sense of being a strong group and working as a team. The tribe members that are aligned are supporting one another to victory. They all share a sense of meaningfulness they feel they are working in groups to be the remaining “top six”. Some of the tribe members have had an alliance since the beginning of the series. Jeremy feels a strong alliance with Natalie and missy. That however was not enough to keep him in the game. It seems to me that even though there are sub groups in the show, each member has a strong sense of choice which seems to be the turn of events every time. Every player on the island is extremely entitled to their choice of who to vote off next. It seems like there is always a target and it is usually the strongest players in the sense of motivating players to vote. Jeremy had done a great job of swaying votes in previous episode but along came Jon and he played on the fact that people had choice and bumped Jeremy off of the island. There is clearly a sense of competence among the alliances they are sure that each is a valuable player and contribute to the tribes. Even though they begin to attack others they believe are weaker like Keith who has clearly been targeted. Each individual on the island believes themselves to be competent and that I think is one of the driving forces of the show. As far as a sense of progress each person that remains on the island feels this, whether in a sub group or as a whole the fact that they remain in the game gives them a constant sense of accomplishment, as does reward or immunity. I think I might just watch the rest of the survivor series… or Nah?
In the eighth episode of survivor there was a wrench in the plan with Julie going home. Originally the tribe plan was to vote Jeremy off of the island due to him seeming in control. Jeremy is seen as the leader of the pack and Josh is considered a leader also. Jeremy seems to have come to be the leader by motivating team players and by being strong in challenges even though he has failed at some challenges he still manages to show strength Josh seems to have emerged as leader by interacting and gaining peoples trust. Jon and Jaclyn are attempting to strategize to become leaders by manipulating other tribe member’s trust and appearing to side with people but their goal is to vote Jeremy off early in the episode. The episode begins with a reward challenge the two tribes are split up and mixed to compete for a taco feast with beers and margaritas. Keith Reed Jeremy Natalie and Wes win the challenge and decide to send John exile and this separates him from his girlfriend Jacqueline which may foil there plan if John is not around to interact prior to the next vote. At the reward meal Keith throws out the fact that when Julie left he was left without a strategy but Jeremy is displayed narrating separately that he knew that they planned to vote him off. Jeremy has s power position and is playing the game sternly knowing he is in a leadership position. Back at the other tribe meeting Josh is beginning to exercise his power to feel out the tribe members he is sitting with that lost the reward challenge. I will have to see what other blogs post about the rest of the episode but as of now it is clear that there are leaders rising Josh , Jeremy as well as John and Jac. They are motivating group members to make decisions they are modeling leadership we will see if they are effective.
On episode seven of survivor it’s clear that the tribes are making decisions about who they want to vote off the island. Jeremy seems to be the target in his tribe while Keith is concerned that his name was written down the last time his tribe voted. The tribes are clearly displaying group decision making. Interesting enough they are challenged with problem solving at the same time. They must consider who they vote off the island because it may present problems in the future but they must also decide who to align themselves with to decide who will be voted off next. The problem solving realities are clear the politics of the tribes play a crucial role on who will be voted off. There is preexisting preferences from the tribes being mixed and matched. Also, the strong powerful players continue to try and control the Game. Josh and Jeremy are working hard at trying to move things around to their best interest. The tribe members identify the problem; they must vote someone off the island. They then began to create a collaborative setting aligning themselves with one another. They must analyze the issues regarding the decision they seek, who will be on board and who will or and why. Then they star to decide how they will persuade others. At the end a decision has to be made. And then they sit around and wonder if they made the right choice or not. In the end after all that planning and wining immunity and brainstorming it all did not have much affect on the tribal meeting, with Julie quitting no one was voted off the cayopa tribe. I do think though that it set the stage for what will happen next. Josh and Jeremy are eager to get one another voted off and were a bit upset that that didn’t happen due to Julie leaving.
In episode six of Survivor there were some interesting dynamics Dale of the Cayopa tribe is upset because his daughter was voted off. The hunapu tribe is stressed out over their lack of food and tries to barter for food. They had to trade all of their comfort items and some excavation tools as well as tarps to protect them from the weather. The Verbal and Nonverbal communication begins. For cayopa, Dale expresses anger and distrust it is written all over his face. For hunapu. As they give up all their items for rice they begin much nonverbal behavior and expression. There are many sighs, frowns and hand gestures expressing their concern and frustration with the situation they found themselves in. What stood out to me the most was Defensive and supportive behavior. Dale is planning a strategy to manipulate the tribe with his fake idol. Natalie expresses empathy in volunteering to go to Exile Island even though she didn’t have to go. But then they receive a idol tip and begin to devise a strategy to use the idol to manipulate the game. Jeremy exhibits evaluation he is questioning everyone and wants control; he was all upset that they gave away their things for rice when they did. But over all there was allot of team talk. The tribes act as teams either to win challenges or keep from being voted off. . They listen to one another for information regarding banding together or deciding in whom to vote off. During their individual interviews all they reference to is I but in the tribe at camp it’s another story. They speak more supportively Jeremy telling his team mate Natalie that he needs her and she can do it, to hang in there. During the challenge the team Hunapu is successful in communicating well as a team during the puzzle portion and it encourages the team in a supportive way leading to their win.
In this episode the dynamics were changed by the swapping of the tribe members. There was a new force to reckon with tribe members were united with their loved ones. This was especially the case for the coyopa tribe which lost the challenge and faced having to vote someone off of the island. The group couple and family members had to listen to one another and also listen to other tribe groups. It seemed that listening became critical as the tribe pairs tried to decide who they were going to vote off next. They asked one another information to understand group dynamics from the previous tribe grouping and to understand how people behaved in the previous tribe prior to the swap. It seemed that they were using listening to evaluate and to analyze tribe dynamics. The thing that stood out to me the most is the fact that very few conversations between tribe members are filmed throughout the episode. Of course the interesting dynamic interactions that do take place have to be illustrated to give the idea that the tribal members are consulting one another. However, it seems as though the players are constantly listening and observing tribe members. They are listening to the way they behave and interact as well as the things they say. On survivor the cast is constantly listening understand, remember, interpret and evaluate other players. This helps them make decisions on forming a strategy for the winning the prize and staying on the show. All the while we studied group communication in the sense of the show I had not considered what a large role listening played in the show. I was mostly concerned with the things being said by the cast. It is now very apparent that listening plays just as much of a role in what happens in groups as what people say.
Both tribes in the survivor episode have diversity in there groups. It seems that most everyone in the groups come from different back grounds and cultures. Also, some of them have difference in sexual orientation and gender. This makes for interesting dynamics as well as a need for cultural understanding. The team members must adapt understand and work with each other despite their differences. There are some group members that are extravert and some that are introverted. Some tribe members express conscientiousness while others are careless.
From the beginning of the episode the chapter begins to unfold with The Team voting off John Rocker because of past Prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination accusations brought up by the tribe. This was a clear explanation of how these things can negatively affect a group and cause for a member of a group to be ousted for not being sensitive to other cultures and race regardless of whether it occurred during the show or in the past. It is apparent that it was a behavior that the team did not want to tolerate. Later in the show with john gone, his girlfriend expressed that she could better focus on her tribe and team and not so much on herself applying to collectivism. Masculine feminine values became an issue as the thought of the hunapu tribe having to vote someone off of the show. The women began to band together and the Drew was afraid that some of the women may be trying to take on a dominant role and control the game. There is at the same time concern about men being kept on the team due to men being strong and athletic. Overall there seems to be a great need to balance personality types.
In the survivor episode it seems as though the tittle of the episode is almost the same as that of Chapter 8. , Actions vs. Accusations and conflict and cohesion. With Accusations come conflict and with action comes cohesion in a sense. The fact that Jeremy’s wife was voted off cause’s conflict between him and John. I think this is interesting because the fact that John aligned himself with Jeremy also caused conflict between him and Josh, Josh being upset that John would align with Jeremy. This in turn causes tension between Julie and Jeremy because Jeremy is trying to make John a target to be voted off. All this conflict makes it difficult for the team top function as a group initially but it forms new alliances among members and in doing so begins to create cohesion within members that have similar ideas. I see a negotiation begin to happen in the cayopa tribe to try and sway the boys to disconnect from john and begin to align themselves with the woman as opposed to the boys against girls stance that seems to have formed, by emphasizing teamwork they try to establish cohesion but not at the expense of the destructive conflict of alienating John. The Guys still feel that their Men group of cohesion still outweighs that of not voting out the girls but it seems up in the air mid episode. Ultimately the conflict among the members was enough to sway members to form different alliances and John was voted off. The conflict between both teams toward John caused new alliances and ideas to come forward swaying team member position. I think that this is a great example of how conflict can create new ideas in teams and possibly change dynamics.
In the second episode of Survivor Method to the Madness there are a few different dynamics going on. After the first competition two people were sent to Exile Island Jeremy and John . They make a promise to one another that they will protect each other’s wives. I believe they are displaying what Schutsz describes as a social member. Clearly these two men are comfortable working alone to stay on the Island but they also work together, sharing the message and strategizing to help one another. They made an agreement that John would protect Val and Jeremy would protect Julie. Josh seems to be concerned about the interaction between John and Val after Johns return from exile island. I thought it was pretty witty of him to be concerned about the closeness of John and Val after John had spent a few days with Vals husband. He had never seen them walk off alone together. Josh has been behaving in a Observer –commentator fashion he seems to be very into what is happening he uses this to be a dominator in the group but he struggles to fully do so. If Val would have been honest with John she might not have been voted off but she also did display a over personal member attitude. Val really tried to get close to everyone when she got off of exile island but failed to do so all the while struggling. It seems at this point everyone is displaying Group Task Roles and Maintenance roles for their teams. Some team members are also displaying strong self-centered roles more so than others. In some cases the roles have been beneficial to the individual and in others it has cost them either relationship disparity or to be voted off the island. There are strengths and weaknesses in the roles that the members undertake and the roles they assume may prove to be a great or bad group strategy for the individual.