The concept Panopticism comes from another old philosopher, I do not seem able at the present to remember who it was, I reckon it was Bertrand Russell, but will have to come back to you with this, and it was, in time, built and made more famous by the great Michel Foucault, in his studies of Power and Knowledge.
He writes, panopticism is when one, under a subjection of intensive and extensive surveillance is conditioned into ”a perfect-modelled citizen”, prisoner, individual etc, i.e. trained to train himself to behave and accept the powers-of-being (as me and you have been good at, excellent citizens, we are, governor);
“He is subjected to a field of visibility, and who knows it, assumes responsibility for the constraints of power; he makes them play spontaneously upon himself; he inscribes in himself the power relation in which he simultaneously plays both roles; he becomes the principle of his own subjection”
The concept is based on a ‘architectural design model’, see the image below and the link to wikipedia page for further exploration on the concept of Panopticism:
In short the idea is that if you put just one guard at the centre of a circle, with cells all around him, this particular guard can be lazy or ignorant of what goes on around him or her, but just that ‘presence’ will elicit a positive ‘conditioned habit’ as a result of fear that he might actual be able watching, i.e. we are being watched.
Now, taking this concept into a modern society, Britain. Why our dreadful Britain? (First, personal overview, I have never made an effort to hide, at any pains, that I can not withstand this country, and I am looking for a way out, to Canada, Germany, Australia, Scandinavia, Austria or US regions of North-West (Seattle), North-East (Boston, Maine) or Eastern Seaborne States of North Carolina, New England, Georgia etc).
Anyway to answer, Why Britain?
She is the most advanced modern police state in the world. For every 10 people in the British Isles we have 1 CCTV (10:1). She is, as the Channel 4 Investigative documentary states, ”The Main Capital of Surveillance in the World”. On top of these overt surveillance technologies and means, we have covert technologies in civil surveillance (see also the previous two posts on the ”Advanced Civil Espionage”; at https://geopoliticalintelligence.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/advanced-civil-espionage-your-computer-is-spying-on-you-onoffline/ and https://geopoliticalintelligence.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/advanced-civil-espionage-ii-the-film-thanks-to-da-queen-of-san-francisco/, the second part has an excellent video evidence as well, thanks to queen of San Francisco).
What are these civil surveillance? Please see the video, for examples, to mention few, the ‘travel cards’, id cards, passports, bank cards, The Child-Database (even children are already under-state-surveillance, and apparently, the children of the rich and important members of elite ruling classes, the establishment, can not be included, for, guess, security!!!) What about our security? What about our children security? What about our civil liberties? Tony Blair, former PM, says ”Fuck-off!!!!” literally, the reasons he gives, one being, we can not live in the twenty-first century and expect to use nineteenth century technologies and approaches to battle modern criminals (nein, mein fuhrer—Heil).
Henry Porter, the renowned and respected independent journalist for The Observe and other media outlets, as the presenter of the documentary, notes how the modern British establishment are now working on the assumption that, ”Everyone is Suspicious, alas, Target Everyone” (minus ourselves; we cant even get the records of their meetings with the Murdochs and the likes, on Iraq Inquiry, who said what, to who, when etc? But they can get all the records of ourselves to the trivial of ‘how often we visit the loo’, haha, Democracy for you and me!).
Here is the link to the investigative documentary, A MUST WATCH:
THANK YOU, AND HAVE AN EXCELLENT WEEKEND.
ADDED ON SUNDAY 17.07.11