Sunday, December 9, 2012
Survivor: 2012 Hall of Fame Discussion ft. Gary Wise
The campaigns have been launched, the ballots have been cast, and today we're to back to discuss the Survivor Hall of Fame, once again joined by Gary Wise of former ESPN fame. In today's extended episode we consider the candidacies of the year's most qualified hopefuls, as well as some of those less qualified but more likely to join Survivor's most prestigious club.
Beyond individual candidacies, we also address what kind of considerations one should make when voting, if such criteria are even valid, and how the meta-game of Survivor impacts the Hall of Fame process. Should factors like gender play a role, and if so, is that fair? How might we compensate for inevitable recency bias? And is it possible for someone to get a ballot "wrong"?
Plus, can one-time players be justifiably enshrined? If so, what kind of implications does that have for the Hall of Fame itself? If not, does that signal that the consensus criteria may be flawed? How much weight should be placed on off-island contributions to the franchise? Conversely, do we deduct points from remarkable games played by people of questionable standing within the community?
After tackling these questions, we then look at something completely different: the idea of Survivor as a 'life game'. How should we think about the long-lasting impact of Survivor upon people who play it? What can we make of the 'success' (if it's appropriate to use that term) of people like Heidi Hamels or Boston Rob?
We go off on many tangents and cover a wide range of topics, so even if you're not interested in the Hall of Fame itself you can hopefully find something to enjoy in a podcast that's far too long for its own good. You can listen on the player below, here, or find us on iTunes here.
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