Wednesday, March 17, 2010

This Is Sick

Outsourced to Charles Bremner.

5 comments:

TexExile said...

Sick but sadly unsurprising -- in France or anywhere.

MYOS said...

Christophe Nick does a lot of very good documentary work so the news surprised me at first.
I heard the presentation and I think it's not to be presented as a game show (except to the subjects) but as a documentary on submissiveness, torture, peer pressure...
I find the premise extremely disturbing but it works in making people talk about what causes someone to "dehumanize" another human being.

MYOS said...

After the broadcast...
http://www.arretsurimages.net/vite.php?id=7515

MYOS said...

and
http://television.telerama.fr/television/christophe-hondelatte-je-peux-etre-critique-mais-je-n-accepte-pas-de-me-faire-debiner-en-direct,53747.php

DavidinParis said...

I tuned in midway and was at first shocked and then I realized it was a remake of the famous Yale experiment. To me, the fact that people submit to authority is not so puzzling. The true torturers were once again the 'psychologists' performing the experiment. If memory serves me well, the researchers at Yale who did this in the 60's were sanctioned and several of the participants had severe psychological trauma after participation in this study.

Still, it does explain the deep rooted sadism that is a primary motivation of many in the over bloated French administration. But do not get me wrong, this is not a French problem but simply the human condition.