The Panopticon Theory

vividcomm

Causing the exertion of self imposed pressure, so as to be coerced to comply in a specific manner by an unknown and unverified presence, this is the goal of The Panopticon Theory.

In the elite world of digital video surveillance and advanced closed circuit television monitoring, we leverage this theory to a great extent to apply pressure to the people that we have under video surveillance.

In its origins, the Panopticonwas proposed as a model prison by Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), a Utilitarian philosopher and theorist of British legal reform.

1200px-Panopticon

The Panopticon (“all-seeing”) functioned as a round-the-clock surveillance machine.

Its design ensured that no prisoner could ever see the ‘inspector’ who conducted surveillance from the privileged central location within the radial configuration.

The prisoner could never know when he was being surveilled.

It was this mental uncertainty that in itself would proved to be a crucial instrument of discipline of…

View original post 1,186 more words

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.