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<Been considering what I said. It is only in the last Century or so
> 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
Well, perhaps, but if one could imagine such a programme in a
society that was a pre-modern democracy, I suppose they would have put
people in an environment where they had equal freedom, to see what would
happen. To some extent I think you're right, in that the context of
exploring how people behave in this programme is about arbitary inequality
in power and resources, which people aren't used to in a modern society like
ours- or rather not in such stark and obvious a way as prisoners and guards.
Absence of choice is quite problematic here for both groups- the guards are
struggling apparently because they appear to be uncomfortable with their
What I find interesting in the series is the absence of a third
strategy- non-compliance. The rebellious prisoners are pro-actively
undermining the guards. The guards could, but aren't, exercise authority
through punishments of rule breaking. But none of the prisoners have tried
the Ghandhi approach of peaceful non-compliance.
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