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Hero or criminal? TV terror show lets viewers decide

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In the show, fictional pilot Lars Koch shoots down a 164-passenger plane after it is hijacked by terrorists.

The plane had been heading for a packed stadium – meaning Koch saved far more lives than he took.

“Is he a hero, or guilty of murder?”

Viewers were asked to answer the question, choosing the fate of the pilot by phone or online.

“If I don’t shoot, tens of thousands will die,” he says as he takes aim at the plane.

Terror – Your Verdict was broadcast in five European countries and is an adaptation of a successful play by bestselling German author Ferdinand von Schirach, grandson of Nazi leader Baldur von Schirach.

The programming chief for German broadcaster ARD, Volker Herres, said the goal was to invite the audience to be part of the plot.

“The viewer is yanked out of the passivity of television watching,” he told the Bild Daily. “He is actively called upon to become both an affected person and take a decision.”

The scenario has been debated since the suicide hijackings of 9/11 in the United States.

After the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, US vice president Dick Cheney said it would have been justified to shoot down the planes before the clash.

It is posed as a modern ethical thought experiment.

In the end, most viewers called for the fictional pilot to be acquitted.

 

Source by: internet

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