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By John Rosini Civilizations by their very nature depend upon the acceptance of certain principals In general terms the people govern themselves according to laws Laws are of course made by the government to designate for the for the whole of society However there is little fact that people dont as a whole do things for the greater good of society merely for their own personal gain Knowledge and power go hand in hand but whose hand is it Regardless from where a person comes from one is always under constant surveillance by someone in society which in return affects everyones individual actions and reactions To better define this governing dilemma Michel Foucault wrote an essay detailing what he went on to describe as the Panoptic concept of governing that a small number of people can through appearance of supervision surveillance enforce laws most efficiently Foucaults Panopticism proves that our ideals we have gained from society do manipulate how we act and behave without realizing it Our societys social factors and the knowledge we possess as a society can control ones action if one comprehends how power can control other individuals actions Foucaults Panopticism created a prison that could have One Hundred Percent observation by one overseer in a circular building to gain the knowledge of the prisoners and give the feeling of inferiority and powerlessness Foucault believed that the major effect of the panopticon is to induce in the inmate a state of conscious and permanent visibility that assures the automatic functioning of powerin short that the inmates should be caught up in a power situation of which they are themselves the bearers Courseware 120 The subject is never sure when and if they are being observed at all leaving their ideals to self regulate and unconsciously become their own guardians This surveillance objectifies the subjects in the cells categorizes them and creates new social norms resulting fear of
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