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  •  "Panopticon" was a real life design for prisons. (1+ / 0-)
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    So the metaphor fails.  The prison wasn't a prison because the inmates would imagine themselves constantly observed.  The prison was a prison because it was a prison.

    So for the metaphor to work, first, we'd have to live in a prison.  Then the observation makes our prison into a prison where inmates are expected to behave according to known prison rules.  In real life, there is only observation----at least, in the US.  In REAL police states, there's much more, like restraints.  So the metaphor failed.

    HEY COGNITIVE INFILTRATORS! I googled "confirmation bias" and Daily Kos raided my house! And and and smashed my hard drives! Ask CNN, it's all truthy!

    by Inland on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 07:42:52 AM PDT

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