Retro Report on PBS

The Modern Bystander Effect | Full Report

Episode 3 | 11m 3s Video has closed captioning.

Why would someone film an assault instead of intervening? And why didn’t those watching online call the police? A phenomenon social scientists call the “bystander effect” was first identified some 50 years ago after the murder of Kitty Genovese in New York City. That case can shed light on behavior in the digital age.

Aired: 10/14/19

Expires: 10/06/26

Rating: NR

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Retro Local - Highlighting Communities

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Retro Local - Highlighting Communities

Retro Local is a companion initiative to Retro Report on PBS, highlighting local headlines and the historical seeds that were planted years ago in communities across the country.

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