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    Fake TV Game Show 'Tortures' Man, Shocks France

    I heard this story on NPR yesterday. There's a link to the broadcast on this page, as well as an article. It goes to show how most people will go against their own principles under social pressure. Only 20% of contestants refused to shock the fictitious contestant. The audience didn't know it was fictitious, and was urging the players to shock the fictitious contestants.

    It's a chilling commentary on human nature, even in a 'civilized' nation in 'enlightened' Western Europe. Listen to the broadcast, it's fascinating.

    Fake TV Game Show 'Tortures' Man, Shocks France : NPR

    France is reeling from a documentary about a psychological experiment disguised as a game show. Researchers staged a fictitious reality show to see how far people would go in obeying authority, especially if television reinforces that authority.

    The disturbing results have alarmed the French.

    The fictitious game show had all the trappings of a real TV quiz show, including a beautiful and well-known hostess, and a raucous audience. A group of contestants posed questions to a man sitting inside a box in front of them in an electric chair.

    The hostess and a chanting audience urged the players who had levers in front of them to send jolts of electricity into the man in the box when he gave an incorrect answer.

    Even when the player screamed out in pain for them to stop, 80 percent of the contestants kept zapping him. In reality, the man in the electric chair was an actor who wasn't really being shocked but the players and the audience did not know that.

    The documentary makers say reality television relies increasingly on violent, humiliating and cruel acts to boost ratings. They say they simply wanted to see if we would go so far as to kill someone for entertainment.

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    Re: Fake TV Game Show 'Tortures' Man, Shocks France

    Its a copy of an earlier scientific study, but one that that is well worth repeating. Its a very important lesson about how easy it is to lead regular people into accepting very terrible things. The Nazi's simply took this kind of experiment and pushed it up a notch.

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    Re: Fake TV Game Show 'Tortures' Man, Shocks France

    From the youtube comments:

    "TV WILL KILL YOU DEAD ZOMBIES"

    Well said, baboonsquadron.
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    Re: Fake TV Game Show 'Tortures' Man, Shocks France

    the French were not only shocked by the actions of their own citizens on this game show, but upon hearing that the story went out to the world, via NPR, France surrendered.
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    Re: Fake TV Game Show 'Tortures' Man, Shocks France

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    the French were not only shocked by the actions of their own citizens on this game show, but upon hearing that the story went out to the world, via NPR, France surrendered.

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    Re: Fake TV Game Show 'Tortures' Man, Shocks France

    What I doubt is that, people who would volunteer to participate in a game show such as this, or choose to be in the audience, really represent the full spectrum of humanity.

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    Re: Fake TV Game Show 'Tortures' Man, Shocks France

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    I heard this story on NPR yesterday. There's a link to the broadcast on this page, as well as an article. It goes to show how most people will go against their own principles under social pressure. Only 20% of contestants refused to shock the fictitious contestant. The audience didn't know it was fictitious, and was urging the players to shock the fictitious contestants.

    It's a chilling commentary on human nature, even in a 'civilized' nation in 'enlightened' Western Europe. Listen to the broadcast, it's fascinating.

    Fake TV Game Show 'Tortures' Man, Shocks France : NPR
    That was based on a previous study where they would have different people act out the rol of prison guards and prisoners...

    It was found that the prison guards would start doing some pretty sick s*** to the prisoners, even though it was a role play.

    If anything, this goes to show how even getting a little bit of power does in fact corrupt.... even if it's in an artificial environment.

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    Re: Fake TV Game Show 'Tortures' Man, Shocks France

    There was a scientific study done a couple of decades back that did a very similar thing and already found this out.

    France is just being copy-cats.
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    Re: Fake TV Game Show 'Tortures' Man, Shocks France

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    There was a scientific study done a couple of decades back that did a very similar thing and already found this out.

    France is just being copy-cats.
    If you listen to the NPR story, they do discuss the previous study, FYI

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    Re: Fake TV Game Show 'Tortures' Man, Shocks France

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    If you listen to the NPR story, they do discuss the previous study, FYI
    ah. Yeah I'm sure they'd have too because it's a pretty famous study... that I cannot remember atm.
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