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Larkin 1 Tara Larkin Dr. Melissa Wright Geography 020 Section 9 5 October 2007 Power in the Panopticon Power can be perceived in so many different ways. It could be visible power over a country, state or city or physical strength. However, we are going to discuss the kind of power that is invisible and indirect. The Panopticon, designed in 1971 by John Bentham, was designed to create this invisible, indirect power and has influenced the power that we use in today’s surveillance systems. Bentham believed that he could internalize the fear of being watched into the prisoners of the Panopitcon. He built a circular building with a guard tower in the middle that looked into all the cells, but blinds around the tower inhibit the prisoners from seeing the guards, so they never know when they are being watched. All these people share cultural space; they are all criminals feeling watched. The internalization of surveillance is what makes it an invisible, indirect power.
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