11 October 2013
The fact that this age we live in strives on conflict and emotion this experiment would turn out to be one of the most watched reality television shows of all time. In an interview in 2001 DR. Zimbaro said, “The study is now more in the popular consciousness than it has ever been before. Attributing part of the recent surge in interest to reality TV shows such as Survivor and Big Brother. It represents a forerunner of reality TV." The characters in some reality shows go through difficult situations and face many kinds of problems. As more conflicts are shown, people become more curious and have the desire to watch the show over and over to see how the conflicts are resolved. This just goes to show us that society loves to watch shows with conflict and emotion. The Stanford Prison Experiment would leave people wanting more. Two weeks and a new set of candidates would start a new experiment, and people would still want more. Reality TV is built on the foundations of exposing and exciting human emotions. In this aspect some reality TV shows have successfully portrayed human emotions. There is no doubt that reality TV presents the viewers with small aspects of real life. There is big money in reality TV. With high ratings there is would never be a shortage of big sponsors to fund it. With that money there would be a waiting list of people that would want to volunteer for this kind of show. From the person who thinks, “They won’t break me.” To the person who is just curious to what it would be like. And we can’t forget about the ones who would do it just for the money. There would be no shortage of people to fill the spots for this show. With a key stroke the random algorithm would select the guards and prisoners and away we would go. Will it be fast like in the original experiment, and turn on the second day? Or this time will the guards be the first to add more pressure on the inmates to set the tone of dominance over there...
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