RE: The Experiment

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    > Date: Tue, 21 May 2002 12:48:19 +0100
    > From: Vincent Campbell <>
    > Subject: RE: The Experiment
    > <I have only seen the first episode so far. Some interesting stuff
    > emerging .
    >> The only quibble I have is that it nowhere near a recreation of Zimbardo's
    >> Expt (not surprisingly!). The age demographics are far more spread out
    >> than
    >> the originals, so the participants have had more practice and experience
    >> of
    >> the uses and abuses of power. Could they have been afraid that if they
    >> used
    >> young (early 20's) males that they would encounter the same problems? At
    >> what age are many people radicalised? It seems to me to be at about the
    >> same
    >> age as Zimbardo's original participants.
    >> Your thoughts on this?>
    > Yeah, one of the problems it seems to me is that the people they've
    > picked are deliberately from a range of backgrounds. The second episode is
    > particularly interesting in this regard, when they send an experienced union
    > negotiator in to see what he can do.

    Just watched it. Very good. The most interesting point was when the Scouser
    at the end sussed it straight away.

    > But otherwise, I'm not sure about when
    > people become radicalised, or for that matter more likely to be conformist,
    > or if there are periods when either is the case. There's the folk wisdom
    > that teenagers are more rebellious, but just may be symptomatic of
    > contemporary culture, I dunno.
    > Vincent

    Been considering what I said. It is only in the last Century or so that many
    people have had a say in their own lives. Not many had a choice or if they
    did it was limited. Now people can choose to say no. Do's that sound too



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