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<Interesting. Do you think any of them had read Animal Farm? I felt
> was watching a humanised version at times.>
Bimson explicitly mentioned it in the first episode, explaining the
plot it to a fellow inmate. This was before he decided to try a coup
(obviously preferring Napoleon to Snowball in Orwell's masterpiece.
<The final question offered by the Expt is that tyranny occurs in
> of power, as shown in the program. But I think they were being very
> simplistic, because this society was small. Even the populists try to
> power, such as Tony Blair.
> Still, an interesting exercise.>
I agree. I think tyranny emerges in the absence of order, which
isn't quite the same thing as the absence of power. Tyranny can also be
collective as well as individual, the tyranny of the majority, for example.
Maybe that's what pissed off Petkin, Edwards and Bimson, their
individuality, and in the former two's case, the key role in breaking the
guards, being "rewarded" only with equal status as the others- they replaced
one kind of authority with another, that was equally unacceptable to them.
Given that Petkin and Edwards apparently displayed very different reasons
for challenging the system at every opportunity (the former out a desire to
undermine authority, the latter to usurp it), it would have been interesting
to see how the coup would have turned out.
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