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Professor Glimp English 2010 13 October 2006 Michel Foucault is viewed as “The most influential European writer and thinker of the second half of the twentieth century” (Cain, p.1615). Foucault viewed the world from a more humanistic approach with a weary view of the dangerous world surrounding him(Cain, p.1617). Foucault critiqued the world around him with a social critique of the dangers of the world. He found the world slowly turning into a “carceral” system. A system of restraints and described by the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism as “Related to the act of incarceration and to the institutions that discipline the body, especially prisons” (Cain, p. 1636). W.H. Auden wrote a poem in 1940 critiquing and satirizing the statistical analysis produced by companies, psychologists, eugenists and
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Unformatted text preview: other people that collect data about people’s lives (Another Time). Auden emphasizes the effect of data collected about people throughout their lives, but there is no evidence of their actual state of mind or how they lived, just statistics to tell what they purchased, where an individual worked, and if they served in a war. The carceral system is becoming more and more influential in the modern world as statistics and surveillance are very pervasive forces in people’s lives. Cain, William E., Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John McGowan, and Jeffrey J. Williams. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism . New York: Norton, 2001 From Another Time by W. H. Auden, published by Random House. Copyright © 1940 W. H. Auden, renewed by The Estate of W. H. Auden. Used by permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd....
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