I’ll admit I am watching this season of survivor. I blame it on my Grandma, she came to visit and just had to watch the season premiere at my place. That was all it took, the first one is always free. So like a crack junkie I eagerly await Thursday so I can see who is voted off. The group dynamics are fascinating and I would think a Psychologist could publish a number of papers just from watching the show. After the groups gets thinned out a little a pack starts to form centered on one of the strong guys who is good at finding food or winning challenges, it is a text book primitive society based around a “strong man” leader and the weaker players get eliminated. The twist though is that people start thinking ahead and see the strong leaders as a threat down the road (there can be only one winner) and so these “strong man” leaders are regularly eliminated.
It is a stereotypical primitive society just like you might imagine. It is cold and rainy so the big guy is sent out to bring back meat to feed the women. He even comments in an interview that life is pretty easy on the island because, “almost everything I kill we are able to eat”. Maybe it is so sterotypical because they have seen all the same corny tribal society movies I have or maybe this really is the basis modern of society.