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Chris CarlsonEnglish 1-53Panopticon The Ideal Social Order The Panopticon is a marvelous machine which whatever use one maywish to put it to produces homogenous effects of power Panopticism is a style ofcontrolling the individual and making him conform to the system That system could referto the police or the world as a whole There is never a definite top position thereforeeveryone feels as if they are being monitored by someone else It is for this reason thatthis disciplinary mechanism is so effective The Panopticon serves as a tool for discipline and a laboratory ofpower The capabilities of a Panopticon are endless It is the basis for the governmentwhile it could also aid in the criminal activities for the mafia In the government thereis a system of checks and balances where nothing can get accomplished without theauthorization of a higher ranked official Once these ideas are passed they are thenimposed on the individuals of society by other organizations Whether it be the policethe IRA or a neighborhood watch group The Panopticon can serve the public in many waysIt can defend a country reform prisoners treat the ill and educate the public It doesthis by creating channels of power and distributing them to the individuals In thePanopticon no one individual shall be granted too much power so as to place his or herown values upon the masses The concept behind panopticism is the distribution of power inorder to better society as a whole The historical problems with power have proven whenit is unevenly distributed those with the power take advantage and impose their values onthe public For instance Hitler was given too much power and he massacred millions ofinnocent people The Panopticon on the other hand serves to increase the wealthwelfare education and spirituality of society The Panopticon does punish but it does soin a means of reform It attempts to restore the individual to a being that can be aproductive and positive influence The
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