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Had a strange brain-fart today about an antidote to the (all too) common reality TV shows. It needs some refining, but I wanted to get the basic idea down before my brain fog erased it.


The show involves providing situations/opportunities which allow members of the general public to make unselfish, non-egotistical decisions, eg. stopping to help people in difficulties, returning dropped/left items, going out of their way to be a decent human being for no apparent gain, etc. 
Unfortunately, for the show to work, the participants must naturally be unaware that they are participating. The ethical implications of filming individuals without their knowledge is a bit of a problem. How did Candid Camera or Dom Jolly get around this?
I guess all but the last show could be filmed before asking 'participants' whether they agree for their contribution to be televised. Unfortunately, by their very nature, altruistic people don't generally court publicity for their actions. Furthermore, there is a flaw here in that those whose behaviour has been less than exemplary are unlikely to give the go ahead for their contribution to be broadcast.
The grand prize might be a lump sum of dosh, half of which goes to a charity of the winner's choice.

A very broad outline, I know but, still... workable? I dunno.

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