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Lens Paper - Final Draft Xu Yue Xu Professor Culver ENG 105...

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Final Draft Xu Yue Xu Professor Culver ENG 105 14 February 2010 Mikhail Bakhtin was a 20 th Century Russian philosopher and academic. In his essay, “Carnival and the Carnivalesque”, Bakhtin defines carnival and explores a carnival’s main characteristics. He also introduces the rules and restrictions that govern carnivalistic life. His work will be the lens through which a Disney attraction is viewed throughout this paper. It will be determined which aspects of this Disney experience fit into Bakhtin’s explanation of carnival and which do not. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire-Play It! was a Disney attraction in what is now Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This attraction was based on the popular television game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire , which appears on ABC, a Disney owned company. To start a session of the attraction, a “Fastest Finger” was asked. The individual to answer the question correctly in the shortest amount of time got to be on the “hot seat”. Hot seat contestants were allotted a limited amount of time to answer increasingly difficult questions worth increasingly large rewards. Contestants received three lifelines, “50:50”, “Ask the Audience”, and “Phone a Complete Stranger”, as aids. The attraction lasted just over five years and could hold approximately 650 guests at a time. In his work, Bakhtin states carnival life is “without a division into performers and spectators” , and that in carnival, “everyone is an active participant”. This illuminates many aspects of the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire-Play It! experience. Throughout the attraction, the audience is part of the show because everyone is involved as a participant. Upon entering the
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Final Draft Xu attraction, different guests are shown filing in on the big screens and a competition to determine the loudest section is held. This gives more guests an opportunity to appear on the television screens and feel included in the session. In addition, the competition to see where the loudest people are sitting is done in groups because people are more likely to partake if everyone around
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