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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8571929.stm

    A French TV documentary features people in a spoof game show administering what they are told are near lethal electric shocks to rival contestants.

    Those taking part are told to pull levers to inflict shocks - increasing in voltage - upon their opponents.

    Although unaware that the contestants were actors and there was no electrical current, 82% of participants in the Game of Death agreed to pull the lever.

    Programme makers say they wanted to expose the dangers of reality TV shows.

    They say the documentary shows how many participants in the setting of a TV show will agree to act against their own principles or moral codes when ordered to do something extreme.

    The Game of Death has all the trappings of a traditional TV quiz show, with a roaring crowd chanting "punishment" and a glamorous hostess urging the players on.

    ...

    Yale experiment

    The results reflect those of a similar experiment carried out almost 50 years ago at Yale University by social psychologist Stanley Milgram.

    Participants took the role of a teacher, delivering what they believed were shocks to an actor every time they answered a question incorrectly.

    Mr Nick says that his experiment shows that the TV element further increases people's willingness to obey.

    "With Milgram, 62% of people obeyed an abject authority. In the setting of television, it's 80%," he told Reuters.
    Yet another example of how group think and influence are stronger forces for the vast majority of people than personal ethics and morals.
    |TG-6th|Snooggums

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    Re: Electrcution for fun and profit

    Originally posted by snooggums View Post
    Yet another example of how group think and influence are stronger forces for the vast majority of people than personal ethics and morals.
    Right, but it also shows that people will do anything for their '15 minutes of fame', the participants thought they were in a game show setting. I'm the complete opposite, I would rather just go unnoticed.
    |TG-X| mp40x



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      Re: Electrcution for fun and profit

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Running_Man
      Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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