Interesting articles, especially the one that filled in some of the unknown history of the Stanford prison experiment. Interesting that one of the guards had their own agenda to see how far they could push the envelope.
I have maintained for several decades that the fundamental working plan for television network new programs is not to dispassionately present new information eg: news, but to present opinions and images designed to create an emotional response in the viewers - frequently the emotional response is anger or anxiety, meant to keep the viewer watching the TV screen. The news programs, today, are "entertainment", not dispensers of news information, I am sorry to say. I submit that people experiencing emotional reactions are far more likely to respond to "click bait" on the web.
The illusion of presenting "news" has to be maintained by the networks or FB, because if the viewers realized their emotions were being manipulated, their TV or FB viewership and ratings would fall. AND a citizen might feel the publishers bore some responsibility for the responses created in their viewers.
How many times have you clicked on a "link-bait" on FB or on the web generally, and just felt abused afterward - I find even stories from newpapers and magazines I read and generally respect as trustworthy, gradually succombing to offering "click-bait" that seems remarkable or newsworthy, and when you click through and read the article, that the title of the article ( seen as the click bait) really has nothing to do with what the article is describing, you have just been duped into pushing the button to read something that was not as described. I cannot believe I am the only person who had this kind of experience on the FB or on the web.
Follow your own emotions as you watch the news and try to decide if the emotions you are feeling are attributable to the stories you see broadcast. Some stories are bound to carry emotional impacts, but when the emotional impact is more important to the publisher than presenting the facts of the issue, then something is rotten in Denmark....
If your company believes "live streaming" a video performance by a mass murderer in New Zealand is news, then I think that phrase about Denmark is still pertinent... There is a news story about an active shooter anywhere, but allowing the shooter to live stream his actions strikes me as pretty crass and the only news there, is the willingness of the network to use anything it can find to make a buck. Pretty disgusting.