utopia


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here is fox's insideous social experiment tv show


Fifteen pioneering Americans leave their everyday lives and move to an isolated, undeveloped location – for an entire year – where they are challenged to create their own civilization from scratch.

With no existing power structures and limited amenities, these “pioneers” will be faced with rewriting the rules. Will they choose democracy or dictatorship? Fidelity or free love? Will they punish or forgive? Choose religion or rationalism? Share with others or hoard for themselves? What conflicts will emerge, what leaders will arise? What principles will guide their daily lives and inform their deepest decisions?

As the Utopians build the new society, every decision counts. Each must try to become indispensable to the group, or risk being exiled to their former lives and replaced by potential newcomers from the viewing audience who have been vying to join.

With cameras following the pioneers 24/7, viewers can watch their society unfold, both weekly on FOX and also online. As they observe the inhabitants living together, and building their new existence, viewers themselves will have the chance to become a valuable and powerful asset to the community, and ultimately to question whether Utopia remains an elusive but alluring fantasy, or whether the pioneers have truly realized their dream.

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PBS did something sort of like this it was called frontier home or something. Instead of creating a new civilization it was just 4 families trying to live like pioneers. I recommend checking this out because it was made at a time before reality TV became pure entertainment.

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PBS did something sort of like this it was called frontier home or something. Instead of creating a new civilization it was just 4 families trying to live like pioneers. I recommend checking this out because it was made at a time before reality TV became pure entertainment.

Australia had one where families did the colonial thing. I think if I were part of this new thing (you should sign up for it) I would advise the women to vote off all the men but me and I teach them how to make mud bricks, kilns, ceramics, pottery, houses, fire hardened spears, before they vote me off leaving a women's only colony that can fend for itself.


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As the Utopians build the new society, every decision counts. Each must try to become indispensable to the group, or risk being exiled to their former lives and replaced by potential newcomers from the viewing audience who have been vying to join.

Aaaaand that's where the whole concept breaks down. When it's a competition you're not really free to "create their own civilization from scratch."

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As the Utopians build the new society, every decision counts. Each must try to become indispensable to the group, or risk being exiled to their former lives and replaced by potential newcomers from the viewing audience who have been vying to join.
Aaaaand that's where the whole concept breaks down. When it's a competition you're not really free to "create their own civilization from scratch."

What? No killing and eating the rest? Now i'm bored.

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Fox spent fifty million dollars on this show...should they have funded a dragon ball z tournament deathmatch with a ten million dollar prize for the survivor?


You're talking about the wrong show. This ist the right one.


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This would be a wonderful idea to watch... if only the participants were not the usual gallery of severe personality disorders. The site certainly seems to confirm they are. Calm, collected people who want to play well with others, who know things, who want more than fifteen minutes of fame... that would be a society-building show to see.

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those voted off the farm


Sounds like exactly what I expected. I assume the rest of them are the same level of disturbed (because that's supposed to be better TV), only somewhat more socially skilled.

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Utopia cancelled

Dumb ass executives incapable of understanding what was needed.


This Utopia is much better but was still cancled.

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