Shock therapy – Reality TV style


Reality TV knows no moral boundaries and one particular show had contestants applying electric shocks to what they thought was a random person for failing to correctly answer a series of questions. Each time the answer was incorrect, a furious studio audience would burst into outrage and demand an ever increasing amount of high voltage electric therapy. In over 80% of the cases, the contestant applying the shocks was egged on and applied a lethal dosage electricity to the victim. An interesting example of how easy it is to encourage an everyday person to commit murder just for the chance at 15 minutes of fame. Luckily the victim was in fact an actor and no one was hurt. Read more about it here.

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One response to “Shock therapy – Reality TV style

  1. “an interesting example of how easy it is to encourage an everyday person to commit murder just for the chance at 15 minutes of fame”
    Im not sure if that’s what the experiment was really measuring as the article stated it was more about the theories of obediance and pack thinking in humans akin to Milgrims early work. If you want to know more look at Aschs’ studies on normative social influence, Other wise great blog keep up the good work!

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