39 days, 20 people, 1 Survivor: 21 Years Later

Authors

  • David Machon

Keywords:

survivor, critique, feminism, diversity, reality television

Abstract

Survivor has been one of the biggest and most popular CBS reality shows for over twenty years. However, due to the rise of ‘fandoms’ in the age of social media Survivor has been getting dissected and picked apart as it has never before been. This paper aims to look at the hit reality competition show through a critical lense. Additionally, this paper aims to explore the discourse on the gendered differences of game-play styles. Further, utilizing a feminist perspective on the role of gender in the gameplay of the show. All of these subjects will be using textual analysis of the show Survivor to provide context for the arguments being made. The paper also has a purpose to hold a mirror up to the flaws of Survivor. Everything in order to provide a richer examination of the incredibly dynamic, complex and fragile structure that is the game of Survivor.

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Published

2021-12-15

Issue

Section

Humanities