This post will be dedicated to the findings of a little experiment now taking place on COTO at: http://cotocrew.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/big-sister-is-watching-you/
It is another test of conformity and obedience to authority. So far things are turning out much as I anticipated. As it began with a ringleader already in place, that being Jersey Girl, the subject of the article ‘Big Sister is Watching You’, it has progressed as I had imagined, with her taking the reigns to call for a lynching – in this case a banning of yours truly.
The chances for success in this are not clear, even though the few participants are certainly all fired up and ready for the rope, there is hardly a consensus of enough members present for quorum. But as is often the case of despots such as the Queen of COTO, such notions of fair and just are jettisoned in favor of pure dictate.
It is only one day in, so we shall see as things develop.
Milgram summarized the experiment in his 1974 article, “The Perils of Obedience”, writing:
The legal and philosophic aspects of obedience are of enormous importance, but they say very little about how most people behave in concrete situations. I set up a simple experiment at Yale University to test how much pain an ordinary citizen would inflict on another person simply because he was ordered to by an experimental scientist. Stark authority was pitted against the subjects’ [participants’] strongest moral imperatives against hurting others, and, with the subjects’ [participants’] ears ringing with the screams of the victims, authority won more often than not. The extreme willingness of adults to go to almost any lengths on the command of an authority constitutes the chief finding of the study and the fact most urgently demanding explanation.
Ordinary people, simply doing their jobs, and without any particular hostility on their part, can become agents in a terrible destructive process. Moreover, even when the destructive effects of their work become patently clear, and they are asked to carry out actions incompatible with fundamental standards of morality, relatively few people have the resources needed to resist authority”.