Saturday, June 20, 2009

Just How Far is Too Far?

In Stephen Milburn Anderson’s film CASH! he explores the theme of how far will a person allow themselves to be pushed. How far will someone go before they stop themselves under the guise of an authority figure. Do they stop themselves? Can they? When Pyke Kubik comes into the Phelans lives, we see Sam and Leslie perform acts they normally wouldn’t. How to explain this all too common response? Is this the dark side, the bad side that is inherent in all human beings? Seeing evil in another person is one thing but what happens when you see it in yourself...and do its bidding?

Stephen Milburn Anderson talks about using this theme in CASH:

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.
Milgram, Stanley. (1974), "The Perils of Obedience". Harper's Magazine. Abridged and adapted from Obedience to Authority.

To learn more about Stanley Milgram’s Experiment and its impact check out these two links:

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