Analysis Of Panopticon By Foucault

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The world today is very different then the industrial world that theorist like Marx and Durkheim studied. The major difference is that instead of producing products, individuals create and sell entertainments. This changes the way power and security is looked at, the how much knowledge individuals need to know and the worlds society create. The dilemmas that contemporary theorist explore so the dilemmas in post-modern society as security causes maintenance, lack of full knowledge systems, and preserving unreal ideas.
Foucault sees the dilemma in society as the system that individuals continue to watch each other and make sure everyone fits into social facts. Foucault shows that this surveillance “is based on a system of permanent registration:
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Foucault introduces Bentham’s Panopticon, a town that is filled with surveillance since every cell is visible to the people in the tower but the ‘inmates’ cannot see the people in the tower. Foucault describes visibility as “the inmate will constantly have before his eyes the tall outline of the central tower from which he is spied upon” (Foucault 2012: 628). Even though the people in the towers are in power, this shows a common problem in society is that everyone is being watched by others and never know when they are. Everyone watches everyone. There is no moment in time when people are not being watched. For example, students at Gettysburg watch each other in the library. Most people know everyone who studies in the same area as them throughout the year. So when the one person sits in the library and does not study, they will be sociality reprimanded by everyone. The person could be asleep, playing video games, or watching a movie. Foucault talks about a major issue as surveillance, while Giddens talks about the lack of knowledge individuals have about …show more content…
Individuals enable are both influencers and influenced by the systems of society. This allows for ideas to continue in a circular mode. Recursive, there is an unconscious following of the ideas. We reproduce society’s laws by following them, like going to class on time and doing the work. This is all reinforcing the rules and cannot change issues like pollution. Giddens discuss the circalunar dilemma of issues, while Baudrillard talks about the dilemma that society is created by hyperreal situations that do not

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