Panopticon

The definition of Panopticon:

Panopticon is generally the sense that we are always being observed. It is a way to control society. There are more specific examples of Panopticon, for example, times of the gladiator when battles were performed in front of a crowd where death was almost always imminent. The act of putting a prisoner to death in front of numerous observers was another panopticon. So much of everyday was observed. Citizens were under constant social surveillence. Even at inapporpriate times.

Cited Work:

http://www.hks.harvard.edu/sdn/sdnimages/large.panopticon.jpg

http://hubpages.com/hub/A-Panopticon-Society

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One Response to Panopticon

  1. Megan M. says:

    Wow – great image of a panopticon. If any of you ever take a social or literary theory course, this topic may come up again – it is often used, as you said, to discuss the general issue of state power over individuals and peoples rights to control their own bodies.

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