Panopticon and Its Implications

A Panopticon is a historic type of institutional building that was designed and elaborated by Jeremy Bentham, who was a prominent social theorist in the 18th century. The building itself is a multi-functional form of organization that surveilles individuals within its’ boundaries. Historically the concept has been linked to prisons, but it could be implemented in hospitals, government buildings or schools. Its multi-functional form has been carefully analyzed to allow a central all-seeing watchman to monitor all occupants at any given time by inducing an overall permanent uncertainty in the occupants’ minds, irrespectively whether they are being monitored.

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The design of the panoptic prison is very plain and simple. It consists of a circular rotunda institutional building where all inmate cells are stacked on top of each other in small cells in consecutive rows and columns all over the circular perimeter of the institutional building. The central watchman has his own tower at the center of the building with a considerable distance between the cells columns, allowing the guard to watch all inmate cells from at a distance at any given time without any kind of barrier whatsoever.

Bentham argued that this design has an automatic and homogenous effect of power that serves as an effective and efficient disciplinary mechanism to which individuals continuously conform. He further stated that panoptic institutions could be so light that there would be no need for more bars, chains, or locks thus effectively producing significant improvements at minimum additional costs.

Panoptic underlying concepts have appeared in today’ mass surveillance, modern bureaucratic and data collection systems. While some argue that a degree of this type of surveillance technology may be necessary as a preventive method, a panoptic approach toward surveillance has been strongly criticized as an undemocratic, cruel and inhumane method by liberty organizations, as it undermines a democratic society which is built on transparency and accountability.

A panoptic system turns everyone into a suspect, and thus reverses the presumption of innocence into guilty until proven innocent. The Orwellian double-speak of constantly increasing security at the expense of privacy has been shown to only reduce street robberies in London by 3%, despite the fact that the usage of CCTV cameras in Britain is more common than any other country in Europe. (Source: http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2008/may/06/ukcrime1).

Privacy advocates have created groups and organizations to prevent constant supervision and eradicate the invasion and violation of privacy in all forms. The aim of privacy is not to protect those who would commit a crime, but instead make it illegal to interfere with those who are practicing their freedoms. Furthermore, punishing law-abiding citizens for the ills of non law-abiding citizens is a form of collective punishment and thus illegal under the UN.

Though Question WHO IS WATCHINGFurther research would be highly recommended to investigate the health implication of constantly living under Panopticon’s behavior-modification, social engineering conditions where opponents may ultimately want to ask who is actually watching the one watching.

Copyright © Robert Mijas 2014.

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Angels Don’t Play This HAARP

Based on the best selling book Angels Don’t Play This HAARP, narrator Dr. Nick Begich presents a compelling discussion of one of the important military advances of the United States government.

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BBC – Ai Weiwei, Without Fear or Favor

Alan Yentob investigates the life and art of Ai Weiwei, and reveals how this multi-talented and determined artist fights for artistic freedom of expression.

Originally posted 2014-03-04 18:53:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Changing Climate of Global Warming

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Documentary exploring the scientific and economic forces behind global warming.

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BBC: The Chinese Are Coming!

Travelling across three continents, Justin Rowlatt investigates the spread of Chinese influence around the planet and asks what the world will be like if China overtakes America as the world’s economic superpower.

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Quote : Vilém Flusser on the art of writing

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Bedroom – History of the Home

Lucy Worsley takes us through the history of the bedroom.

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Julian Assange interviews President Moncef Marzouki

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Over the last 18 months the middle east has been shaken by a series of revolutionary movements that began in Tunisia. This week Assange speaks to the man running the new Tunisia, President Moncef Marzouki.

The debate is wide ranging, including their shared personal experiences of prison, the human rights record of the US, democratic Islamism, torture and secret files. But, despite their obvious mutual respect, Assange is able to challenge Marzouki, both over the censorship of the internet in Tunisia and on his position over the revolutions in Bahrain and Syria. According to the President, “we have to forget about the positions of Nasrallah and people like him. There is no good dictatorship. Dictatorship is dictatorship: corrupted, brutal and against the people.”

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Norman Dodd On Tax Exempt Foundations

Norman Dodd was interviewed in 1982 by G. Edward Griffin regarding the time he spent as the head researcher for the Reece Committee.

This is a truly eye opening look into what the tax exempt foundations are doing in the United States – their attempt to merge the Soviet System of Government with the USA.

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Thought Question: Half full or half empty?

We have started to post thought questions on this blog in order to encourage critical thinking and discussion.

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Thought Question: Who do you think experiences a greater sense of tranquility in life: the person who sees the glass as half full, or the person who sees it as half empty? Why?

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