Sunday, November 06, 2005

Survivor - 11x08 "The Hidden Immunity Doll"

The way this episode ganged up on Jamie was a textbook (one that I'm willing to write) example of how to sway viewer opinion of a contestant. Up to this episode, Jamie was the affable grunt of whatever his tribe was (Yaxha?), but then the producers let loose and everybody was villainizing him, and the most effective way of turning him into a bad guy was to give everyone else the chance to air their grievances during candid interviews but not to give him the same chance to speak to the camera. Such a little thing as allowing (or not) someone the opportunity to give his side of the story has a huge impact on our perceptionsn of him, I've now learned.

Indie rating: Iron & Wine - "Southern Anthem"

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