Banksy pokes at the invisible eye

. from the UK Daily Mail

When we watch one another, do we insure safety or enforce conformity. Is it discipline or fear and suspicion.

This cctv-implanting in every nook and cranny and line circumvents our entire public lives, and pokes into our private. It reminds me of the panopticon: jeremy bentham’s revolutionary idea of a prison where one sees all without being seen.

This created the first true invisible, enforceable, overlord. There is no blue sky above us now. Instead, implicated in our daily lives and then, implicit in our unconscious imaginings, a higher status wielding ‘law’, ‘righteousness’ and ‘power’.

Hence the major effect of the Panopticon: to induce in the inmate a state of conscious and permanent visibility that assures the automatic functioning of power…power should be visible and unverifiable.

– Michel Foucault, Discipline; Punish: The Birth of the Prison. 1975.


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