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japanthings
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Posted Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:19PM

The Sandford Prison experiment
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_experiment
as used as the basis for
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das_Experiment
demonstrated that given a situation in which some people are given authority over others, then then there is a tendency for those in authority to overuse (i.e. abuse) their authority, and a tendency for those who are not in a position of authority to accept this abuse.

It seems to me that this sort of social dynamic is occuring here on these forums, and I think this is a great shame.
pink_cotton_candy
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Posted Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:33PM
I'm only staying up to see how long this lasts.
TheCrimsonMonkey
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Posted Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:38PM
Yes, do elaborate, I'm up.
japanthings
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Posted Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:56PM
> I'm only staying up to see how long this lasts.
> Yes, do elaborate, I'm up.
Thank you, but he awful thing is that I am scacred to elaborate. The more I think about this the more scary it is.

In the Standford Prison Experiment the guards were given power over things like the user of mattresses, blankets, and cleaning (or not cleaning) toilets. Through no character defect on behalf of the guards, purely because of the situation, the guards were found to restrict the use of matresses, and refuse or force excessive toilet cleaning.

There experiment is contraversial and their are those that doubt its conclusions but the experimenter, Zimbardo, was subsequently made the chairman of the American Psychological association, so I guess that there is a degree of acceptance of the theory that power relationships have a tendency to polarise if left unchecked.

There are no mattresses or toilets here but Administrators may have the power even to eject me from the istockphoto, and thus financial power. If I were to attempt to elaborate specifically then for all I know I might get my account terminated. Perhaps I will have my account terminated for raising the possibility.

(Edited on 2009-03-22 23:57:57 by japanthings)
ChrisBrockDesign
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Posted Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:57PM
Is "the man" keepin ya down?
MichaelJay
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Posted Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:57PM

Looks like someone is in a bad mood today and looking for trouble, right?


There are great forums in the internet that you can go to and discuss whatever you want.


iStockphoto is a company doing business. They have all rights to define their own rules and you are free in your decisions to make business with the or not. No one here has power over anyone else.


 
subman
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Posted Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:59PM
Admins aren't gods, and they also have people checking them, checking them and lastly checking them.....
ChrisBrockDesign
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:00AM
Who watches the watchmen admins?
shaun
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:02AM
Posted By Chris3fer:
Who watches the watchmen admins?


Admins biggrin

(Edited on 2009-03-23 00:02:57 by evilclown)
danishkhan
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:02AM
admin i request you to please return japanthings mattress, i request you cause he is my next door prison mate and i cant stand his constant moaning.
shaun
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:03AM
Posted By pink_cotton_candy:
I'm only staying up to see how long this lasts.

45 minutes.
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