Breda’s onto something… and it’s moderately unsettling.
Update: I’m skimming over the Stanford Prison Experiment website and found this interesting observation about the visitors to the mock prison they had assembled and the unnecessary rules that the guards put in place before visitors could see their loved-ones:
[The visitors] complained about these arbitrary rules, but remarkably, they complied with them. And so they, too, became bit players in our prison drama, being good middle-class adults.
Wow — people really are like sheep.