Thursday, June 04, 2015

The modern Panopticon

"The situation alters when a Panopticon can be constructed that encloses the entire population. To a large extent, this has already been done. With new technologies of surveillance, economies of scale overcome problems of cost. Since all their electronic communications can be accessed, it is no longer necessary to segregate the inmates from one another. As there is no outside world, escape becomes unimaginable." -- John Gray, The Soul of the Marionette, pp. 126-127

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