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View Diary: The Surveillance State As Foucault's Panopticon (327 comments)

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  •  Here's how Heidi Boghosian, executive director of (0+ / 0-)

    the National Lawyers Guild sees it:

    Normalization is the process by which we accept and take for granted ideas and actions that previously may have been considered shocking or taboo. Michel Foucault wrote that modern control over society may be accomplished by watching its members, and maintaining routine information about them. Foucault emphasized that Jeremy Bentham’s eighteenth-century panopticon, a continuous surveillance model for prisoners who could not tell if they were being watched, exemplified an institution capable of producing what he called “docile bodies.”
    I happen to agree with her, and I indicated so in this diary.

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