Virtual Reality, Hate Speech and One 'Shocking' Experiment

We've all experienced Facebook hate or read the comments section on an article online, but have you heard of the Milgram experiment? Glenn shared his theory on how the two are connected and what this means for our society on The Glenn Beck Program Wednesday.

Glenn explained what the Milgram experiment was, for those who might be unaware.

"It happened at Yale," Glenn said. "It came from a guy who was Jewish who was trying to understand, how did you get the Nazi guards to do those things in Germany? And he expected to find that Germans would be different than Americans."

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The experiment consisted of two parties who agreed to have one ask questions to the other, administering electric shocks for each question answered incorrectly. What the participant doesn't realize is that the one receiving the shocks is actually an actor and the shocks aren't real.

"They don't know what the experiment is about. They just know they have to administer the shocks. So every time you get one wrong, you have to give more juice to the person," Glenn explained. "And it's marked at a certain point, these are fatal shocks."

The experiment showed people administering the shocks would keep on going when told to by an authority figure with a lab coat and clipboard.

"By the time he gets close to fatal, you hear him in the other room. 'Oh, yeah. Hey, I want out. This is getting too much.' And the guy will look back to the guy in the white coat. And he says, 'look, he's in trouble. I don't feel comfortable with this anymore,'" Glenn said.

The authority figure tells them to keep pushing because they agreed to it and can't stop. After a little back and forth the person begrudgingly continues. As soon as they start giving the fatal dosage of electricity, you actually heard the guy in the other room going begging to stop and asking for help. And then he didn't say anything.

Here's the kicker:

"Everyone did it, except for two people," Glenn said.

Dr. Milgram was destroyed by the medical community because nobody wanted to hear this "shocking" study. But what they found was, if you don't see the person and you have somebody in authority saying, "It's okay. Just keep doing it," you'll administer lethal shocks.

Fascinating and slightly disturbing, but where does Facebook come in?

"We are living the Milgram experiment"
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"I contend, if you read Facebook, you read anything, you read any comment section right now, we are living the Milgram experiment. We are living in a time when people will say, 'It's okay. It's okay. You can do that,'" Glenn said.

He went on to describe how the approval to behave this way is coming from the top down, emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

"Barack Obama was the first to say, 'and you're walking around with your little teabags.' That was the beginning of the Milgram experiment. Somebody in authority was saying, 'It's okay to bash them,'" Glenn said. "Now, Hillary Clinton is doing the same thing. 'It's okay to bash them.' Donald Trump, 'Get 'em.'"

So there are people in authority telling us it's okay to do, and we're not seeing the people because we're living in a virtual reality. We're having conversations with people we can't see. So there's no real ramification. And society is giving us an okay to do it.

"And what's happening? The good people are either starting to bash back and become part of it, or they're retreating and saying, 'I can't read that anymore. I just --- turn it off,'" Glenn said. "And so it's going to become just this bastion of hatred. And it's a river of slime."

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How many times must the corporate media get something completely wrong — and attack anyone who dares to disagree — before we realize who they have become?

On the radio program Friday, Glenn Beck shared an article from the Daily Caller titled, "Eight Anti-Trump Narratives the Media Finally Had to Admit Were False All Along." From the Lafayette Square controversy to the denial that COVID-19 could have anything to do with a lab in China to the "Russian bounties" story, the list of mainstream media conspiracy theories goes on and on. If it were anyone but the liberal media who got the facts this embarrassingly wrong, they would have been out of a job long ago.

Watch the video clip below to hear eight of the most anti-Trump the narratives shamelessly pushed by the media — that were completely wrong.


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Former President Barack Obama sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper recently for an interview scheduled to air in full on Friday. During the interview, Obama scoffed at the idea that critical race theory could be a "threat to our Republic," while claiming that "right-wing media venues" are "stoking the fear and resentment of a white population."

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck set the record straight: the right-wing media's efforts to call out the far-left have nothing to do with race in America, but rather everything to do with protecting our way of life that is being threatened more and more each day by the radical, Marxist ideology seeping into government.

"Mr. Obama, you lied," Glenn asserted. "You used the IRS to hunt down your enemy. You spied on the media. And your health care package, which was supposed to save every American $3,000 per year, has helped some, perhaps, while raising the cost of everyone's health care in double and triple percentages. But the worst thing that you did, is you planted, you watered, and you protected the Marxist seeds, by crying race."

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Our sacred republic has never been in more danger than it is today. Little by little, industry by industry, the far Left is fundamentally transforming the country we love. And it's an aggressive, hostile kind of takeover we've only seen in some of the world's darkest societies.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how the Biden administration and Democrats are aggressively scrambling to reset everything: our free and fair voting system, our kids' education, our policing, immigration and border security, our economy, our military, and our energy supply.

Finally, Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) joins to discuss how Biden's "woke" policies are threatening America's national security and our way of life.

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Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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