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Sovereignty is defined as the authority of a state to govern itself oranother state In John Bergers article The Ways of Seeing andMichel Foucaults chapter excerpt Panopticism the authors discussabout power and the loss of western societys sovereignty Berger andFoucault have different ideologies in their theories on how power isdistributed who has it and powers impact on society John Berger in Ways of Seeing implies that western society isbeing controlled by the upper class using art Art of the past isbeing mystified because of privileged minority is striving to invent ahistory which can retrospectively justify the role of the rulingclasses Berger states that the upper class will try to falsifyhistory using art Berger uses art to represent history of the lowerclass and states that whoever controls art controls history becausehistory might influence the future Mark Fenster in ConspiracyTheories says the historical narratives that make historyare themselves only made intelligible in the narratives relationshipsto their historical context Foucault calls the strugglesstrategies and tactics of power Fenster 107 restates that historyis just as important as power Berger repeatedly uses art historianbut that is just a metaphor to represent the upper class Berger arguesthat the art historian upper class will try to falsify historyfacts because art historians explain what art is and give misleadingdepiction of art He implicitly says that the reason upper class triesto keep middle and lower class distanced away The reason of the upperclass wants to alienate middle and lower class is in order to keep eachclass in its current position and to hide reality Berger shows powerbeing distributed as a vertically linear starting from the top goingtowards the bottom of the social class Michel Foucault states the contrary of Bergers idea of powerFoucault in Panopticism suggests that modern society operatessimilar to the Panopticon and states that discipline is a way to showhow power is exercised Foucault talks about the Panopticonstructure based
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