Panopticism or Fascism?Paper Rating: Word Count: 1267 Approx Pages: 5
Panopticon: 1. A word from the early 18th century. An idea from the mind of Jeremy Bentham, English civic philosopher and designer of prisons. (www.dictionary.com)
[An idea that has become central to American life in the 21st century.]
2. A prison system, whereby the jailer can keep in view all of the inmates, all of the time.
Panopticon: the ambition of many of the present leaders of the United States, ostensibly to fight a war against terrorism. (www.foucault.info.html)
In the 1700's, a man by the name of Jeremy Bentham came up with an idea for a device that would allow those in power to maximize the observation of its population while at the same time, keeping the observed under control. This device was dubbed the ╦ťPanopticon'. The main idea of this structure was a building constructed in the form of a ring. Located inside this ring, was a tower, possessing windows that opened onto the inner face of the ring. Housed in the ring surrounding the tower were any sort of people from different walks of life: Bentham suggested a lunatic, medical patient, convict, a workingman, and a schoolboy. In the middle, inside the tower, is nothing but a lone observer. The people in the ring are c