Shocking Reality TV Experiment in France

In an update of Stanley Milgram’s famous obedience studies from the early 1960s, more than 80 percent of people who participated in a fake French reality TV show were willing to deliver what appeared to be increasingly painful electric shocks to another contestant who answered questions wrong—while the show’s host and audience goaded them on, according to The Game of Death, a documentary that aired last night. The new experiment, the producers say, again shows our willingness to obey, as well as the trust we now place in TV and the great power it holds over society and our behavior.

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