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    The Panopticon:

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    Jeremy Bentham, a social-philosopher associated with the Utilitarians, described his Panopticon as “a new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind” in such quantity that had no precedent. The Panopticon began, as a concept to allow a smaller number of managers to oversee the activities of a large and unskilled workforce. It is a circular building which has a tall observation tower in the centre, surrounded by empty space and an outer wall which is made up of cells. Each of these cells would

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    The Panopticon

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    The Panopticon There have been , since the time of the Enlightenment, two distinct models for disciplinary institutions. Both of these models may be seen in the form of prisons. The contemporary ideal of the institutions derives its form from Bentham's Panopticon. In the period shortly following the age of Enlightenment, Bentham, an economist by trade, began to critically evaluate the disciplinary institutions of the day. Seeing that the model of the prison could be characterized as a form of

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    constant visibility promotes conformity is the foundational principle of panopticism. As perceived by French philosopher Michel Foucault, the panopticon is an icon of permanent visibility, heightening self-awareness throughout society. As a result, the panopticon serves as an unverifiable means of power that cannot be confirmed by society. This power the panopticon possesses is a disciplinary power forcing society to remain on high alert for fear that any inappropriate behavior may result in negative

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    Panopticon The Panopticon in My Life Principles of the Panopticon can appear just about everywhere in our everyday life. The Panopticon itself is a simple system of centralized visualization. The basis of the original Panopticon was a circular prison system with a tower sitting in the middle that had a full, unobstructed view of all the prison cells. I can apply this idea to many situations in my life varying from computer use to my college classrooms. An instance, which stands out the most

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    Panopticon: The Ideal Social Order "The Panopticon is a marvelous machine which, whatever use one may wish to put it to, produces homogenous effects of power." Panopticism is a style of controlling the individual and making him conform to the system. That system could refer to the police or the world as a whole. There is never a definite top position, therefore, everyone feels as if they are being monitored by someone else. It is for this reason that this disciplinary mechanism is so

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    The Digital Panopticon: Foucault and Internet Privacy In 1977, Michel Foucault wrote in Discipline and Punish about the disciplinary mechanisms of constant and invisible surveillance in part through an analysis of Jeremy Bentham's panopticon. The panopticon was envisioned as a circular prison, in the centre of which resided a guard tower. Along the circumference, individuals resided in cells that were visible to the guard tower but invisible to each other. Importantly, this guard tower was backlit

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    being watched. You are suddenly conscious of every move you make because you are aware that someone is monitoring every inhale, every exhale, and every little aspect of your life. This is the concept of Jeremy Bentham’s “Panopticon.” Created by Jeremy Bentham, the Panopticon is a structure consisting of a central watchtower surrounded by dozens of prison cells arranged in a circle. The watchman in the watchtower is able to clearly see the activity of everyone in every prison cell, but the prisoners

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    links to the idea of “policing yourself” or many call it panopticon. The panopticon is a prison which is shaped like a circle with a watchtower in the middle. The main purpose of the panopticon was to monitor a large group of prisoners with only few guards in the key spot. From that key spot, whatever the prisoners do they can be monitored, and they would be constantly watched from the key spot inside the tower. The arrangement of panopticon is done in excellent manner that the tower’s wide windows

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    structure. The central tower of the virtual panopticon is represented by the internet. Citizens armed with portable multimedia recording devices accept the role of observational guards occupying the watchtower, and cells located at the periphery of the watchtower encompass the public and private spaces that a person occupies in the virtual panopticon. The same group that is being surveyed also does the surveying which differs from the traditional panopticon. Nevertheless, the combination of the internet

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    students may react to these conditions. Questions concerning implementation and symbolic meaning of safety measures are discussed in this paper. Literature Review A general description of Michel Foucault's interpretation of the Panopticon is used to show how mechanisms of discipline for a prisoner and student are similar. Also, an analysis of discipline as an exercise of power is explored in Pedro A. Noguera's critical analysis of school violence. Specifically, if safety

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