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Title: Around the World in Eleven Episodes: The Amazing Race


1
Around the World in Eleven EpisodesThe Amazing
Race
  • A Geographic Overview

2
Quote from Edward R. Murrow
  • This instrument can teach, it can illuminate
    yes, and it can even inspire (RTNDA Convention,
    Oct 1958)
  • Richards corollary And if it involves some
    back stabbing, fights and human drama, better
    still.

3
The Format
  • Eleven teams begin in one area (usually in the
    US) and starts racing around the world. They are
    given clues telling them where to go, how to
    get there and what tasks theyll need to do when
    they arrive. At the end of every episode, there
    are pit stops where one team usually gets
    eliminated from the race. Winner gets 1 million,
    and (I hope), a new outlook on the world.

4
Team diversity
  • Young married couple
  • Young engaged couple
  • Young dating couple
  • Co-workers
  • Best/childhood friends
  • Older retired couples
  • Iraq War POW/beauty queen
  • Couple on verge of separation (before the race)
  • Gay couples
  • The nerds
  • The hotties (both male and female)
  • The hippies
  • Former reality stars (Rob Amber)

5
Nations visited by The Amazing Race
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Part Travelogue, part social commentary
  • The show takes viewers to places they are most
    likely never going to get to go to
  • Delves into the lives and customs of nations
    visited
  • Refining sugar for fuel in Brazil (TAR 9)
  • At the same time, the show sometimes, even
    subtly, takes on major social issues while in
    certain areas
  • Brazil (TAR 9) Massive overcrowding in Sao Paulo
  • South Africa (TAR 7) Orphans near SOWETO

8
Interactive Globetrotting
  • Main website www.cbs.com/amazing_race9
  • Fan Sites www.tarflies.com
  • Culture report http//www.tarflies.com/article.ph
    p?_fdetailid21s_id1ep_id118
  • Interactive Maps www.joemap.com
  • www.jaunted.com/maps/amazingrace
  • www.realityblurred.com/ (includes photos and info
    on the places visited)

9
The Family Edition Debacle
  • TAR 8 was a family edition, with teams of four
    family members in a race.
  • Across North America.?
  • Ratings were way low.many diehard fans
    complained about the lack of global locations!
  • The Edmonton Sun reported that host Phil
    Keoghan told TV critics starting the show by
    saying, Teams must now travel 8,000 miles to
    South Africa, is always going to beat saying,
    Teams must now travel eight blocks.

10
Why has this show caught on?
  • Has won three straight Emmys for best reality
    show
  • I enjoy the show because of the travel, as you
    state in your article. It's the main reason I
    watch, just to catch of glimpse of the
    breathtaking Greek countryside, or wherever they
    happen to be. If it looks that good on your
    television, think how marvelous it would be there
    in the flesh. The sights and sounds, the smells
    and the culture of the people. Those are memories
    you'll never forget, win or lose.

11
While it could be agreed upon that TAR has some
educational value, is it possible to use it in
the classroom?
  • There is the possibility of creating a lesson
    where students would keep track of the race and
    do research on the nations they visit. If the
    teacher is able to view the episodes ahead of
    time, they can find key sections of the show,
    present them to the students and have them do
    some sort of assignment based on the clip
    (descriptive essay, pulling of facts, etc.) There
    is some meaningful nuggets in the program it
    takes a creative mind to mine the nuggets and
    present them to the students. Hopefully, in the
    end, they will find that even reality television
    itself can be educational.

12
Amazing Race re-runs
  • Game Show Network began running all available
    seasons (eight of them- 110 episodes in all) of
    TAR in 2004 to amazing success.
  • Seasons 1-4 on DVD

13
Sources
  • www.wikipedia.org
  • www.wikiquote.org (Murrow quote)
  • www.cbs.com/primtime/amazing_race
  • http//blogcritics.org/archives/2006/04/13/032041.
    php (Greece Quote)
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