Even more so, in my opinion….the latest in jaw-dropping blind obedience is this measles hysteria. It is absolutely true that the media can intensify the desire to follow authority blindly without questioning their motives, their biases, any financial incentives, and when they make it seem that everyone else is “on board” but YOU. Yes, YOU there standing all by yourself when everyone else is on their side. You’re just too stupid to understand. You’re a troublemaker. You’re one of those “lone wolves” the terror experts are always talking about….yeah, we’ve got YOUR number!
Business Insider has a good article on the Milgram experiment and its relevance to today. Incredibly, there are some saying that this happened in the 60s, and we are much more sophisticated now….we would handle things differently.
Survivor, anyone? Reality shows that gleefully pit people against one another? The bullying atmosphere of our times that sends young ones into such psychological distress that they commit suicide? They are all part of the same psychological mindset of getting a thrill on hurting another — whether it be physically or mentally.
I like Matthew Hollander’s take on the Milgram experiment:
Research subjects may say things like ‘I can’t do this anymore’ or ‘I’m not going to do this anymore,’” he said, even those who went all the way to 450 volts. “I understand those practices to be a way of trying to stop the experiment in a relatively aggressive, direct, and explicit way.”
It’s a far cry from Milgram’s idea that the capacity for evil lies dormant in everyone, ready to be awakened with the right set of circumstances. The ability to disobey toxic orders, Hollander said, is a skill that can be taught like any other—all a person needs to learn is what to say and how to say it.
“We argue that the answer to that question is a matter of identification,” he continued. “Do they identify more with the cause of science, and listen to the experimenter as a legitimate representative of science, or do they identify more with the learner as an ordinary person? … You’re torn between these different voices. Who do you listen to?”Read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/01/rethinking-one-of-psychologys-most-infamous-experiments/384913/#ixzz3RAVgP7qu~~~~~~~~~~