The Audience Contestant

When one watches a game show like “Jeopardy”, one participates with it in a unique way. The audience attempts to answer the questions along with the contestant. A contestant becomes superfluous. Even if they cannot technically win or pick the question or even be present, people can answer the questions which are at the heart of any trivia based game show.

Answering the question. That verb is what breaks down the barrier between an audience and a contestant. It makes the audience not exclusively passive but active, occupying a strange space that perhaps was not intended. Though maybe it was. People watch trivia shows for this reason alone: to occupy this odd role of an audience contestant.

The question of how the divide between listener and musician can be broken is an intriguing question. Game shows might give us more insight in how to make a listener musician.

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