French Documentary Looks Into Television's Power Over People

By: Ryan Hinkson - Published: • References: telegraph and telegraph
I once told a friend that reality TV is so crazy that I would not be surprised if one day there is a show about people being killed on air. That day has come--sort of.

'The Game of Death' was a staged reality quiz show that instructed participants to give near-lethal jolts of electricity to a man strapped to a chair for every wrong answer he gave.

Thankfully, the show was a fake. It was the basis for a documentary examining how much people trust television, the idea being that people would electrocute the contestant because if something is on TV then it must be okay. Scary stuff.