“He is seen, but does not see; he is the object of the information, never a subject in communication” (200).After reading Foucault's Panopticism, I am left with a lot of questions about how we can apply the "panopticism theory" in our digital, "new media" age. In section, I'd really like to focus on how we can apply this excerpt with the article "Societies of Control" written by Deleuze. I'd like to focus on:
- 1) The prisoner vs. the jailer?
- 2) How does this theory work in the digital world?
"There is a a machinery that asserts dissymmetry, disequilibrium, difference. Consequently, it does not matter who exercises power. Any individual, taken almost at random, can operate the machine, in the absence of the director, his family, his friendss, his visitors, and even his servants (Bentham, 45). Similarly, it does not matter what motive animates him: the curiosity of the indiscreet, the malice of a child, the thirst of knowledge of a philosopher who wishes to visit this museum of human nature, or the perversity of those whotake pleasure in spying and punishing. The more numerous those anonymous and temporary observes are, the greater the risk for the inmate of being surprised and the greater his anxious awareness of being observed. The Panopticon is a marvellous machine which, whatever use one may wish to put it to, produces homogeneous effects of power" (202).