[rumori] panopticon

From: Steev Hise (steevATdetritus.net)
Date: Wed Jan 03 2001 - 00:09:52 PST

Tue, 2 Jan 2001 found Reed Hedges writing:

>> seen by "everyone." Universal Panopticon!
>> I thought this was an absolute nightmare, at first.

this reminds me of another silly idea Bruce Sterling had,
but this was supposedly "nonfiction", an article in Wired or
Mondo a while back: put surveillance cameras EVERYWHERE,
and give EVERYONE access to them! whee!

guh. sometimes science fiction writers should just stick to

>['panopticon' aka 'the inspection house' - the perfect jail, 24 hour
>undetectable surveillence built into the walls of the building (this was 1791,
>and the idea involved lots of mirrors and prisms)]

yes, i believe jeremy bentham invented it, and michel
foucault wrote about it too, much later. i didnt know about
the mirrors and prisms, thot the idea was basically that you
have a guard tower in the middle, cells around the outside
in a ring, with windows in the back of each one. so all the
prisoners are sillhouetted in the light of the windows,
impossible to hide anything you're doing.

or something like that.


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