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Blog-reflection & participation-survivor blog 02

1. I missed a few blogs but the blogs I did, I turned in on time but since I missed a few, I would give myself a (3).

2. I am going to say a (3) again because sometimes I would forget about leaving a comment. That really hurt me and it was a really easy thing to do so I was pretty frustrated every time I remembered about it the next day. It would have taken me a whole 3 minutes and since I don’t have internet access at my house, I should have made sure that everything got done using the internet at Starbucks. A lesson was learned on writing down all of the things I need to do so I won’t forget.

3. I always integrated class concepts into my blogs. The only thing that probably ended up hurting me a lot was the fact that when I would miss one, I would do that chapter’s concepts the next week for the following episode. So they didn’t always match up. I would say a (4). My strengths do not match up to the amount of weaknesses I had. One of my strengths however was the way I can describe and relate the concepts in the book and what type of situations developed in the shows through their communication. My weaknesses were described in my last 3 answers. Mostly promptness, not being prepared and poor participation as far as the comments go. As for participation in class, I think I was pretty active.

5. I enjoyed blogging and it was a great learning experience for me. It was sort of a challenge due to my internet access but overall I thought it was a great tool.

6. What I enjoyed about blogging  was the freedom. It gave me a chance to say everything that I wanted to say. I tend to over analyze things and kind of ramble so having the freedom to write a little bit more than expected was great or me. I always enjoy describing and relating,  so I was able to get all I needed to say. That was necessary for me to compare and contrast using concepts from the book.

7. What I didn’t like about blogging was the fact that it was an online assignment. For most people, this is a positive aspect but for me,again, I have a hard time with internet access. I also am much better when I am told how and what to do in class with instructions on a tangible piece of paper. It sounds a little ridiculous but I am better when I have the teacher there in front of me to talk to and ask questions.

8. I would suggest not having as many and being more lax on the deadlines. Not everyone has internet access all of the time and I do not think that should be a factor in grading the blogs.

episode 10 ch9- blog 7

In episode 10 I related concepts from chapter 9. Chapter 10 deals with group decision making and problem solving.  Throughout the whole series all of the members use these theories and also contradict these theories in order to move through successfully.  The interesting thing with relating these concepts is most of the theories are based on  a groups well being as a whole and a lot of times, the members are thinking of how it can help them individually.

In chapter 9, they describe how to use decision making questions when problem solving.  There are questions of fact, conjecture, value, and policy. From what I have seen, most of the members so not use questions of value or what is morally right when they make decisions.  In episode 10,  Natalie is told by jon about his idol and even though he took out Natalie ‘ s closest ally, Jeremy,  she still stuck in their alliance.  However she, also knew she would have to betray him in the end to better her chances. This goes against many values and morals she would usually have in her every day life.

There are many different styles of decision making and different types of decision makers. You can be a rational, intuitive, dependent, avoidant, or spontaneous decision maker. I think all members are different types at different tumes. In this episode, Reed was quite a rational decision maker.  He was clever when he played both sides by persuading the tribe to go half votes for Wes and half for kieth in order to vote off Jon. He carefully considered all of the issues and made his decision rationally as well as spontaneously in order to make the best choice and use clever and creative problem solving.  In the chapter they also  describe creative problem solving. Reed definitely used the component of connecting unrelated ideas and elements in a non judgmental process.

survivor blog 03-getting to crunch time

In this weeks challenge, each tribe was split into two groups. This challenge was quite simple compared to the other challenges. Each team of five would have one member face off against the other teams member on a shaky beam where they would try and knock the other person off with a long stick. It reminded me of a ghetto version of American Gladiator. I am probably one of the only people in the class to understand this ancient reference but that is basically the idea of it. So in the challenge, there really wasn’t any type of leadership and this chapter is all about leadership. I don’t feel like anyone really wanted to emerge as a leader this week since everyone had their own agenda.

Jon and Jacklyn joined Jeremy’s alliance and Reed was trying regain his strength after Josh was eliminated.  Jeremy won and gave up his spot to Jon and Jacklyn on the reward but just to show his loyalty to the alliance. While Jeremy was on Exile Island, he sat in the rain and got kind of paranoid that Jon had found the Idol. At the same time, Jon was worried about Jeremy for the same thing. Reed searched through Keiths bag and found some instructions to playing a hidden immunity idol. He went and told Missy, Baylor and Jacklyn in order to instigate some problems.  In chapter 9, they talk about ” The Single Question Format,”  which was developed by Frank LaFosta and Carl Larson. This is a simple problem-solving procedure that is the way that successful decision makers think. It involves a single question format; Identify the Problem, Create a Collaborative Setting and Analyzing the Issue. I feel like all of the group members from each tribe failed to use these steps and even if one or two of them did, they did it in a manipulative way that would only help that one person.

So in my opinion, this episode pretty much brought out the worst in everyone’s personality and showed how everyone acts when it is “Getting Down to Crunch Time.”

Survivor Blog 02-Million Dollar Decision

The last Survivor, Blood v. Water, episode I watched aired on November fifth and was called “Million Dollar Decision”.  Since watching the past episodes, it seemed like most logical step, according to the way they organized the tribes. They have really been trying to test all of the tribe members with all of the switch ups in the last few episodes and this one was definitely one of the most drastic switch ups.  In this switch up, they simply put the tribes together. This didn’t seem to intense when I heard it but as I watched, I realized why it was a difficult situation for the tribe members.

The combining of the tribes created pressure for some of the couples but mostly for everyone individually and especially the members without loved ones.  When everyone came together, it intensified the feeling of being by themselves for the singles since  there was no tribe they were apart of.  Im sure seeing the others with loved ones didn’t help the situation. Josh made it even more stressful on the singles because he was trying to get rid of all of the them in order to just have couples in the competition.  Jeremy  was suspicious  that Reed and Josh may become leaders which caused stress and negative pressure between them so Jeremy thought he may be voted off.   So in order to avoid being voted off, Jeremy tried to be friendly with everyone. With the new switch up, Keith reconnected the alliance with his son.  Keith heard some frustrating news when Missy told him that she and Baylor had voted against him. She admitted it was only because of the potential threat of Dale’s possible idol. Explained in chapter 9 in Working Group,the Toulmin Model has three additional components beyond the “basic T”. Reservation, backing and qualifier. Missy and Baylor try and use reservationin order to justify voting against Keith. This component of reservation recognizes exceptions to their argument and how the threat of the idol was a circumstance in which it was the right thing to do.

Episode 6

In Episode 6 of Survivor Blood vs. Water, members of each tribe had a lot to think about from the previous episode. The things that happened after the switch up on the last episode, had quite an affect on the members actions and emotions.  Tribe Coyopa had some internal conflict that reflected the last vote-off. Dale’s daughter was previously voted off which obviously hurt Dale very much and it was easy to see. Not only was he upset about the vote-off, but he was also  worried that they were planning on voting him off next. He had no real bases for this thought except for the fact that the last person voted off was his daughter. So he had a motivation to make an alliance in order to save himself. He tried to make an alliance with Jon in order to save himself. He even gave Jon a fake “idol” in exchange for Jon to save him from elimination.

The Hunahpu Tribe was having a lot of trouble with their food situation and rationing. The tribe failed to ration their rice and this created some issues. With a week to go, they barely had enough food to last them a couple days.  This not only will make the tribe frustrated and agitated, but they will not have enough energy to complete the next challenges. In order to receive another bag of rice, The Hunahpu Tribe had to give up all of their comforts to get one bag of rice. Hunahpu was basically starting from the very beginning which created a lot of tension.   This could have been a problem caused by Groupthink. This is when a group has problems with their efficiency and it is defined by Yale University Psychologist, Irving Janis. He calls it, ” a mode if thinking that people engage in when they are deeply involved in a cohesive in-group, unanimity override their motivation to realistically appraise alternative course of action. It also refers to a deterioration of mental efficiency reality testing, and moral judgement that result in-group pressure.” This can inhibit the flow of information and promote carelessness. Which was basically what happened when the tribe failed to ration their food.

In the next challenge, they had to run through a series of obstacles blindfolded. They had to find a mask and memorize it. The next part of the challenge was to use puzzle pieces to recreate the mask. The reward of this challenge was a BBQ. So the fact that  Hunahpu won the challenge definitly helped the fact that they didnt ration their food.

Survivor blog 03

In the latest episode of Survivor, Blood vs Water, we saw some interesting changes. The tribe members were thrown for a loop when they switched up the members in the tribe. This messed up many of the alliances that had been formed throughout the show. The major switch made Kieth the only single player on Coyopa and it left Josh and Reed as the only couple on Hanahpu. Since the tribe members had been getting use to the way they were working before, this created a whole lot of tension amongst both tribes.

With Coyopa members now becoming a part of the Hanahpu tribe, the new members had issues with the power struggle and even with their food. Since Jeremy held a leading spot on the Hunahpu tribe, he was fearful of losing his power while he was gone. There are certain types of conflicts that occur in group communication. One of them is a constructive conflict. When Jeremy felt that his position of power was threatened by the switch, this is a constructive conflict. That is when group members express disagreement in ways that value everyone’s contribution and promote the group’s goals.

Jeremy also began to influence Alec, determined to get the advantage on Josh and Reed. The pettiness amongst the tribe members was not limited to the new Hanahpu tribe. The new Coyopa tribe had plenty of food yet there was still some drama amongst them when Dale did not approve of the serving of rice Missy had eaten. She ate more than the ration size of the other tribe members. Dale had to go on a walk in order to calm down. This is an example of substantive conflict, which is a disagreement about issues, ideas, decisions, actions, and goals. It could also go a little deeper as an example of affective conflict. This is a disagreement impersonally and with differences in communication styles as well as conflicting core values. Missy failed to communicate the fact that she was going to get more rice than the rationed amount. Without asking, this is a form of disrespect.

Survivor blog 02-Episode 2 Ch. 3

Survivor blog post 2

In episode 2 of Survivor, Blood vs Water, a lot of the personal issues between the tribe members start to come out. This episode really starts to show some of the tribe members true colors when it comes to communication and personal relationships. The stress of competition and the desire to win has really came into the minds of the tribes. Both the Coyopa and the Hunahpuh have shown intensity while working through the problems of the competition.

When a member of the blue team loses the flint, the team kind of turns on him. They all kind of put him down and see him as a weak point in the tribe instead of an asset. The flint is seen as a very important tool in terms of survival and losing it has put his reputation and overall experience in jeopardy. In chapter three, it explains The Fundamental Interpersonal Relationship Orientation Theory. This theory focuses on three needs that most of us share. They are, inclusion, control, and affection. All of these needs were definitely exhibited in this episode. The need for inclusion was definitely shown when the member of the blue team felt pushed away and kind of disowned for losing the flint. That would make anybody feel the need to be included again. Especially when you were included at one time, but now you are not due to your own accord.

Towards the beginning of episode 2, Baylor and Josh have issues with their alliance. During the tribal council, Josh votes for for Baylor in order to try and show everyone else that he has not formed an alliance with her. This shows how far he is willing to go in order to maintain control of his relationship with her and the advantages he gains from their alliance. Later, on night 3, Josh talks with Baylor and shows his sorrow and his reasoning for voting for her. He reassures her of their alliance and shows his affection for their friendship. The need for affection can be very strong especially in other parts of the show. Especially when more serious relationships are involved or develop.