Utahn, castaway Dawn Meehan reflects on 'Survivor: Caramoan'

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  • Shazandra Bakersfield, CA
    May 18, 2013 12:38 p.m.

    Expressing an opinion is not the same as giving a judgment call, necessarily... Although, if the couch potato fits, wear it.

    You can fill your time walking your dog or watching warts grow. The issue here is what "quality" of entertainment Survivor is. There is actually lots of life lessons to be learned by watching this show. One of which is vowing never to waste another minute watching future episodes. Bifftacular just nailed the greed and deceit angle dead-on.

    You can run around after Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. Or you can book a flight with Anjolina Jolie to a Third World country. There is a judgment in those two choices, irrespective of whether you enjoy their "entertainment" on the big screen or not. Life is all about choices.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 17, 2013 2:54 p.m.

    Would my not watching it prevent the world from starving and dieing young? Really?

    All entertainment is technically a "waste of time". Don't judge others for what THEY choose as entertainment unless you want them juding YOU for what you choose as your entertainement (ie castigating you if you chose to enjoy going to a bar with friends instead, etc).

    Watching Survivor it not starving the kids... give me a judgement break!

  • Shazandra Bakersfield, CA
    May 17, 2013 3:09 a.m.

    Really? Such a pathetic waste of time. You defined it perfectly, Bifftacular. Entertainment and deceit, and the lemmings fall for it while the rest of the world starves and dies young.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 15, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    I was not a Dawn Fan because of her weak strategy (the stick with the aliance philosophy went WAY to late into the game). Boston Rules are just recycled tactics bullies use to keep weak people in line. BR is basically intimidation and control. It's booring to watch the majority just accept the pecking order in the tribe, and just pick off the minority tribe for weeks. booring.

    As for the emotions... Anybody who's married to a sensitive woman knows when physical and emotional limits are consistently above tolerable... those emotions hover right at the surface and can overflow at ANYTHING (good or bad).

    As for Brenda. She's a hypocrit. Brenda was playing the game too, and that's all Dawn was doing with that vote (advancing her chances of winning). Brenda got her heart hurt. She needs to remember that she hurt one player's heart just the day before by throwing her under the bus and giving all players but Dawn a reward (which obviously she thought bought jury votes) which means NOBODY wants to go to the end with her with all those jury votes in her pocket. Brenda wanted to win too.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    May 15, 2013 8:02 a.m.

    You know the point of almost all competitive games is to deceive and blindside. It's simply a matter of degree and style. The high and mighty declarations of I couldn't bring myself to do this for any amount of money is comical. Try watching a football game, or a basketball game. It's all about deceit. It's about trying to make someone think you are going to do one thing and then you do another.

    Deceit in business is a daily occurrence even if it's only purposefully hiding what you're doing from others. The genius of Survivor is it lays multiple layers of planning, strategy, and deceit on top of each other and then forces the players to play out their game in front of the whole world.

    What gets Survivor players is not the degree of their deceit, the more the better, it's the style they play with. That's the difference between a Dawn and a Boston Rob.

  • mhilton Lancaster, CA
    May 15, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    Was Brenda's act of finding the teeth really that noble and selfless? I believe she had an ulterior motive of being seen favorably by Dawn. But, she did stab Dawn when she gave the family reward to the other 4. Brenda also had her own melt down as well. I do think, like Dawn said, that everyone had their own way of coping with the stress and hers, in this season, was crying. I can understand that it was a bit tiresome to watch, but I would have been the exact same way, and I definitely wouldn't have been there 39 days. Branda was also the only player, except for Francessca (whom I believe had a right to be a bit frustrated with being voted out first both times), who left the game very angry. I wonder if she was truly "hurt" or if she was just mad that she didn't make it. Even Andrea showed more class by just laughing at the group and shaking her head unbelieveably. In my eyes, she was one of my favorite.

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    May 14, 2013 6:06 p.m.


    I hope you're the only one who feels that way. Dawn just played the game and yes it can be nasty and cutthroat at times. Brenda PRETENDED to be noble but she displayed her true colors with the evil teeth dare. It wasn't going to change her vote either way -- just a way to humiliate Dawn. Pure gratuitous meanness - the meanest thing I've seen on Survivor (and that includes Colton).

    As MoJules points out, Brenda didn't hesitate to crush Dawn, Indian-giver style, when she believed it could score her more points with the rest of the tribe. Having seen her in the previous season I never doubted she was just in it for herself, which is fine - just don't claim otherwise.

    The only difference in the way Dawn and Cochran played was that Dawn was more conflicted and emotional and she explained the reason for that very well.

  • GeoMan SALEM, OR
    May 14, 2013 3:33 p.m.

    To each his own, I suppose.
    I just know that I would do terribly in such a competition, no matter how many times I played, because I could not bring myself to be so deceitful and untrustworthy. Consequently, it is really, really hard for me to understand why anyone with any integrity would even want to try and compete. I'm not going to argue that my view is right, or good, and that willing participants are wrong, or bad. I'm just saying that I can't find a way to see the world from that point of view. It is really mind boggling.
    I suppose that is why I'll never get $100K for two months worth of "work." On the other hand, surviving in the real world, while holding on to at least some degree of integrity, is challenge enough for me. This is especially true since I know it isn't likely to be all over with in just 39 days.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    May 14, 2013 3:32 p.m.

    I did grow tired of Dawn's meltdowns, but then I have had my times too. As for the Brenda deal, did anyone forget that Brenda broke Dawn's heart on her 21st anniversary? I don't think Dawn voted her out because of that, but I think that like Brenda, she was playing the game.

  • Bifftacular Spanish Fork, Ut
    May 14, 2013 2:37 p.m.

    I like Dawn and was pulling for her but her incessant crying ultimately turned me off. I've never seen an adult cry so violently and so quickly over common things that had virtually no impact on the rest of the cast. She started to drive me absolutely nuts to the point I would fast forward her volcanic meltdowns anytime I saw them coming (which was all the time). She must have a patient husband. The other comment I have is this notion of "it is just a game". As if saying that out loud automatically gives a person the right to lie, deceive, and manipulate with impunity. What rationalization. What it really is, is a complicated and tortuous business transaction being played out for entertainment purposes on TV. It is real money, real people, real emotions, real friendships, real reputations.... and real deceit. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

  • FanofTHEgame Mapleton, UT
    May 14, 2013 2:06 p.m.

    Truly no good deed goes unpunished. Dawn proved this adage without question in this season. If the human spirit was allowed to triumph, Brenda would have won hands down. It was Brenda who was noble. It was Brenda who didn't whine and complain and was able to sacrifice in spite of her own needs. She was my winner. I was truly inspired by her play in this game whatever her motivation. I couldn't even have my children watch the Brenda episode. It hurt too much to see someone do something so selfless as Brenda only to see Dawn stab her in the back. I realize that it is a game and that blindsides are part of it, but you want to believe that goodness can triumph in this world. We want to cheer it when we see it because it often goes the other way especially when money is involved. I won't declare a Shame on You Dawn, but I would say you let slip a golden opportunity for goodness to win and went with cunning. Am I the only one who feels this way?

  • Annalaurab Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    Yep, Dawn and Sheri are splitting the runner up money so she will still get almost $100,000.

  • dogchow1 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2013 11:24 a.m.

    The top finishers all get money, only much lesser amounts. The 2nd place gets $100,000, the 3rd, $50,000, etc.
    Survivor winning amounts go down to $2,500 to the 16th place finisher. The amounts can be changed at the discretion of the producer.
    In a previous show the two runners up who were tied for 2nd each got $100,000.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    To "Cats", I've seen nothing that indicates that Dawn would share any of the prize money that was won by John Cochran.

    So, I guess you won't, "see why anyone would put themself through this."

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 14, 2013 6:29 a.m.

    I will never get why anyone would want to do this--especially twice. I guess it just takes a certain type of personality. But, I still don't see why anyone would put themself through this. Did she say she was sharing in the prize money? Did I get that right? If so, that might explain it. Otherwise, I don't get it.