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    The Panopticon

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    The Panopticon was an architecture that was originally theorized by Jeremy Bentham, is something that represents, and serves as a structure for the ideal disciplinary scenario. Essentially, the Panopticon is a construction which enables, and allows for an area which is under maximum supervision. This area is completely all-seeing, and it takes little to no effort for guards to view what a prisoner is doing at any given time. The Panopticon is quite a simple structure, however complex in theory. To arrange an automatic functioning of power, where the effects of surveillance are permanent, a carefully thought out architectural framework needed to be put in place. The Panopticon can be seen as constant surveillance. The prison’s architecture is…

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    Sao Foucault's Panopticon

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    Foucault was after the concept of a “pure community” he found the existence of a whole set of techniques and institutions for measuring and supervising abnormal beings, as well as bringing into play the disciplinary mechanisms created by fear. All modern mechanisms for controlling abnormal individuals derive from these. Sao Foucault’s overall thoughts on this concept maybe similar to that of the Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon, a building with a tower at the center from which it is possible to see…

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    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…

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    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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    Human Nature Challenges the idea of the Panopticon What would you do if you thought you were constantly being watched? Would you change how you approached certain situations or would it drive you to do things you never imagined? Throughout the Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses Jeremy Bentham’s design of the Panopticon which is based on Foucault's theory. Bentham states: “The Panopticon was to be a prison that gave the inmates the impression they were being watched at all times”…

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    Panopticon Theory

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    Panopticon – the “perfect prison,” the “ultimate surveillance machine” and the “new model for modern society” (Knachel, par. 1). According to Dictionary.com, “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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    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

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    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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    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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    begun to take control over the society making things different in that era. It starts off with locking people up in their own house, and being punished if you lie about a loved one being infected. This is where you start to see the power in their society build up. The people did not put an end to the power that the authorities had over them. This leads up to the idea and construction of the panopticon; which led people to start believing in a new theory. The panopticon at that time was believed…

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