July 12, 2004
Survivor: Blogosphere -- Today's Elimination Challenge
by Jeremy Blachman
July 12, 2004 11:06 AM
It is time
Today's challenge will be
As suggested to me
By a reader who wrote
And I quote:
"I want poems that rhyme. About law. You can make it difficult and make them brief a case in rhyme, but the ultimate topic I leave to you."
And so that is what we will do.
I'll be gentle and give you a topic specific
And hope that the entries don't turn out horrific
Assignment is tricky; but I hope to inspire
Be clever, be witty, or your chances are dire
Your topic is: The Supreme Court. Feel free to treat the topic loosely.
Your deadline: Midnight tonight.
The method of elimination: Each of the 4 of us (me, PG, Nick, and Chris) will choose one entry to save. Those 4 contestants, and those 4 contestants alone, will move on.
Wow. Very clever. Hats off to the reader who suggested this.
One question: will the 4 of you collaberate so that 4 poems are definitely picked? it seems pretty likely that two of you will pick the same poem, and thus, only 3, 2, or perhaps only mine will be selected.
My thought was we'd coordinate so that 4 different people go forward. Like when the judges pick the wild cards on American Idol. :)
As I alerted PG, I am traveling until tonight, when I can actually get my posts done; I hope that midnight deadline isn't EST!
Survivor waits for no one.
No, I'm kidding, it's fine. Whenever you can; we'll wait.
You can run your contest however you want... but I think at some point you should have some kind of "audience vote." Even if it is only for one of the contestants moving on. Just a suggestion, but then again, you have to do what they do on the real Survivor (or at least I suspect they do) and make sure the contestants you have left will be good for the ratings.
Um...just so you guys know...I'm not getting naked. Not even for peanut butter.
I think an audience vote with the last two might be cool. We'll see what kind of audience we get. :)
Stop your wimpy commenting and put up some poetry!
I'll get naked for peanut butter.
On the subject of an audience vote -- I think it would be great to do the American Idle-esque audience vote. But can we please try to avoid all of the problems that their voters had with jammed telephone lines? We need to prepare for a massive outpouring of votes on the scale of Ruben v. Clay.
So am I correct to assume that this first assignment has the contestants typing poetry in the nude while eating peanut butter?