The body in society- Bentham’s Panoticon

I enjoyed how the use of Architecture was introduced into this session and found it so interesting how cleverly the ‘Panopticon’ was designed in order to be seen but not to see from the ‘peripheric’ building, but to see but not to be seen from the central town. Allowing the inspector to observe the inmates in each cell of the building at any point from the central tower without being visible.

After we read the text on this Amazing piece of architecture we discussed the links between the idea of the ‘Panopticon’ with things that are now used in today’s society, one example was CCTV. We then discussed how such things are close approaching to breaking ethical boundaries.

Personally, I think observation technology such as these do more good than harm since the increased fear  of being caught committing a crime will in turn reduce rebellion.

https://learn.cardiffmet.ac.uk/pluginfile.php/257740/mod_resource/content/1/week%203%20-Panopticon%20Reading%20.pdf

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