My consistency was about a 1/5.
I don’t think I ever commented on anyone’s blog, so 1/5.
For the blogposts I did make, I think I did all right tying them in to the lesson…so 4/5.
If I had any strengths on blogging and participating, I think they’d have been analysis of the episode in regards to course content…and I barely participated, so nothing there.
To remember them before they were mentioned in class might have helped.
The experience of blogging and CIKeys was one worth experiencing and repeating. The experience of setting up a blog was enjoyable.
What I did not enjoy were the topic and deadlines, though I understand what purpose they serve.
My suggestions for this assignment, should you choose to integrate it into future courses, would be to avoid limiting the subject to one show/theme/issue. Other classes have incorporated similar assignments which were based on real-life examples, experiences from other classes, or events hosted at CI which offered a broader range of insight regarding the course concepts.
Each tribe prepares to merge, and their nonverbal signals match up with everything we, and the cast, could expect. Keith, who received two votes, has the wide-eyed, hunched shoulders look of someone who is suddenly very uncertain when his fellow Coyopa tribe members hasten to explain themselves. Everyone who talks about the merging demonstrates posture which is either more vertical (confident, assertive, alert) or relaxed (calm, unalarmed, unconcerned) which fits in with their views on the upcoming conflicts. Josh and Jeremy in particular demonstrate this alertness as they prepare to outflank the other.
After the feast, where everyone was consistent in passive, cooperative language and nonverbal cues, it was back to business. Jeremy gives each of his prospective allies his full attention, demonstrating strong eye contact and using language intended to suggest that they are already working towards the same goals–heavy emphasis on ‘we’ and ‘us’ language.
Survivor Episode 3
Tension rises as the Coyopa Tribe comes to terms with Val being voted out, and Josh remains suspicious of John after flipping his vote. The Hunahpu Tribe focuses less on politics and more on their shelter, though _ stands out for his lack of contributions. When both Tribes meet to begin the challenge, Jeremy of the Huhnapu Tribe vents his frustration at John for failing to keep his wife, Val, in the game. Seemingly incapable of losing that kind of face without responding, John blurts that he made every effort to sway his group–right in front of them–and they are visibly unsettled by the realizing that his intentions were never completely aligned with their own.
Keith’s blunder in the challenge secures Wes’s victory and the break from the curse. The Coyopa Tribe chooses fishing gear and head off, with Josh accompanying Keith into Exile by Wes’s choosing. Back at their respective camps, Jeremy continues venting to all who will listen that John gave him his word as a man and failed to come through. This loss of credibility has earned John no friends.
Keith and Josh encounter little friction in Exile, but the Coyopa go through some changes as John earns goodwill by providing fish and Baylor tries to destabilize–little by little–the male alliance but fails to make an impact. In the Immunity Challenge, Hunahpu takes the win and John loses face once more when he responds to taunting from Natalie.
Back at the Coyopa camp, John works to sow dissent–he fails to convince the girls to vote Dale, and Josh finds himself unwilling to trust him, instead opting to work with Wes and Baylor to catch John by surprise.
In the end John heads home, having opted not to play his immunity idol.
Throughout this episode there was heavy interpersonal conflict–which is the norm for Survivor–but when John was accused of being prejudiced against African-Americans and homosexuals he was labeled as a bigot and became subject to heavy bias from almost every member of both tribes. Regarding individualism vs collectivism, it’s almost not worth mentioning–each and every person on the show is aware from the beginning that only one can take the prize, and most of them come from individualistic cultures. I can scarcely imagine how two teams of collectivists would handle Survivor politics at all.