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 ňúPanopticon'. 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

This Essay is Approved by Our Editor

Page 1 of 5 Next >

Related Essays