Critics may mock hidden-camera shows as the lowest rung of reality schlock, but the daddy of them all—Allen Funt’s Candid Camera—began with noble intentions. Funt believed that by secretly filming, he could reveal how average people respond to societal pressures and conflicts. “The worst thing, and I see it over and over, is how easily people can be led by any kind of authority figure,” Funt once said. “We need to develop ways to teach our children how to resist unjust or ridiculous authority.”

Hear, hear. The rest of this story here.

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