The science of schadenfreude: Why we love watching people like Martin Shkreli go down

December 21, 2015 6:06 PM

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The science of schadenfreude: Why we love watching people like Martin Shkreli go down

Has the Internet ever been as excited about an arrest as it was for Martin Shkreli's? The (former) pharmaceutical mogul - as of Monday he's stepped down or been booted from both companies he led - is now facing securities fraud charges. But the public's seemingly universal joy had little to do with whatever justice he might face for these white collar crimes. Shkreli had inspired a wave of pure, unadulterated schadenfreude. Folks wanted to see bad things happen to the young executive.

If you know anything about Shkreli, this doesn't come as a surprise: He rose to fame recently when he bumped the price of one of his company's drugs up by more than 4,000 percent. His unapologetic (I mean really unapologetic) focus on profit over human well-being was shocking, to say the least. Read...

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