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  • Punishment In John Foucault's Panopticon

    Foucault describes the shift in punishment as “to be enclosed, to be deprived of light and to and to hide.” The Panopticon is meant to keep the prisoner from causing more crime, by letting them think that they will always be watched by the person in the tower found in the center. The cells without the actual bars act like its own personal stage. Foucault mentions that the prisoner is always alone, never communicated with, and always being watched. The side walls are what keeps them isolated without being crowded with too many people. With them believing that they will always be watched they will no longer plot an escape or plan a new crime. The new form of punishment is meant to be better than the previous one. Panopticon applies…

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  • Jeremy Bentham's Concept Of The Panopticon

    Sociologist Michael Foucault argues that the existence of power is everywhere, and it influences society and how individuals behave (Mason 2016). He uses his interpretation of Jeremy Bentham’s concept of the Panopticon, to explain this phenomenon. Bentham defines the Panopticon as a circular pillar structure in the center of a prison that is used for the surveillance of prisoners. However, though it can be seen by everyone occupying the building, no one is aware of who occupies the interior;…

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  • Panopticon Theory

    Panopticon – the “perfect prison,” the “ultimate surveillance machine” and the “new model for modern society” (Knachel, par. 1). According to, “Panopticon” is a combination of the Greek words pan, meaning “all”, and optikon, referring to “sight”. Collectively, the etymology of the word defines panopticon as “all-seeing”. The Panopticon is an architectural design proposed by Jeremy Bentham, an English philosopher. It is a circular building wherein “all parts of the interior are…

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  • Panopticism Response Paper

    Jannessa Mariscal Vanessa Powers English 214 October 22, 2015 Response paper #4 re: Panopticism The Panopticism is a cell looking building. It has many cages, it deprives light, and it encloses everything. It is a circular structure with a center. The Panopticon functions as a kind of laboratory of power. Due to the fact that the tower is in the center, they can view everything and all movements from the inhabitants, everyone in there was constantly being watched and supervised. The tower is…

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  • Why Are Prisons Effective

    As well as a supporter of Beccaria, he came up with the panoptical concept for prisons in 1791. Bentham’s panopticon is a prison in which the jailer or a guard can view all the inmates in their cells without being seen himself. Ideally, inmates would be watched at all times. Bentham believed that constant surveillance would both punish and reform inmates. It would also make them efficient workers. Each person would behave in a way that he or she thought acceptable to the prison guard simply…

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  • Bitch Planet

    The Use of Future Technology To Force Individuals To Comply to Mandatory Expectations Through examining the use of technology and how the idea of this futuristic practices and institutions influence the non-compliant convicts. In Bitch Planet the theory of a panopticon, transparency; holographic and artificially intelligent technology create an unruly prison that is constantly under surveillance. Focusing on the corruption in future technology and how it affects individuals that are…

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  • Analysis Of Michel Foucault's Concept Of Discipline

    the prisoners was not an option, instead they were thrown into the Panopticon to be imprisoned and studied. Eventually the state learned that they could control the prisoners by inspecting them. Rather than the prisoner’s body being trapped, their soul is the thing being controlled. Foucault saw this and thought that society ran in the same way of the Panopticon. Foucault’s defines discipline as “it is a type of power, a modality for its exercise, comprising a whole set of instruments,…

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  • Michel Foucault's Black Mirror

    all of this. The episode ends with Liam alone in a now empty house as he uses a razor blade and cuticle clippers to cut the grain out of his own head. This episode represents many different aspects of Foucault’s famous Panopticism as well as his explicit dangers regarding the controlling nature of technology. The design concept of the Panopticon was first conceptualized in the late 18th century by Jeremy Bentham, and later used by Foucault in his Discipline and Punish. The Panopticon is a…

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  • Michael Foucault's Panoptic Theory

    Camera Moments of All Time’ from America’s Funniest Home Videos uses found footage comedies to define our modern day visual culture. Through the opportunity of profit, loss of individualization and disengagement of freedom, we as a visual culture have sacrificed these components of our everyday for a few laughs. Ultimately, due to the panoptic order in entertainment, our desire for visual culture is defined. Much like Foucault’s theory, the panoptic order of America’s Funniest Home Videos…

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  • Rehabilitation In Prison Research Paper

    Individuals who have not been successfully disciplined in other areas such as family, school and the workplace would receive rehabilitation while in prison, to function properly in society. French philosopher Michel Foucalt, in “Discipline and Punish: the Birth of the Prison,” analyzed the famous model prison known as the Panopticon. The design of this prison was for prisoners to be observed at all times by being unaware of when they were being watched, with the goal of instilling…

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