I’ve been watching this over and over and over and over.

I can’t stop replaying it.

Moving from vice-presidential candidate to reality TV star isn’t a path most would choose, but not much about Sarah Palin fits the mold. Somehow she’s managed to simultaneously be both the front-runner for the 2012 presidential nomination and a political joke. THS goes deep into the Alaskan outback to tell the story behind Sarah’s childhood, her reign as mayor of Wasilla and governor of Alaska, the fairytale/nightmare of the 2008 election, and her extremely successful recent forays into writing books and starring in her own reality show.
E! picks Palin for upcoming “True Hollywood Story” - WaPo

Is a crusading French documentary maker striking a blow at the abusive powers of television — or simply taking reality TV to a new low of cynicism and bad taste? That’s the question viewers across France are asking in light of Christophe Nick’s new film, The Game of Death, which airs on French television on Wednesday night. The documentary has generated a massive amount of attention — and naturally, courted controversy — because of the dilemma that the film’s contestants face on a fake game show: Will they allow themselves to be cajoled into delivering near lethal electrical charges to fellow players, or follow their better instincts and refuse?

The Game of Death is an adaptation of an infamous experiment conducted by a team led by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram in the 1960s. In order to test people’s obedience to authority figures, the scientists demanded that subjects administer increasingly strong electric shocks to other participants if they answered questions incorrectly. The people delivering the shocks, however, didn’t know that the charges were fake — the volunteers on the other end of the room were actors pretending to suffer agonizing pain. The point was to see how many people would continue following orders to mete out torture.

Game of Death: French TV Shocks with Torture Experiment

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