I led a discussion on Foucault's Discipline and Punish, Panopticism: The Birth of the Prison. Below are my notes for the conversation:
examines how discipline and punishment work in modern society
- plague: need order, boundaries of normal and abnormal are blurred; anyone can get sick (i.e. abnormal), and if sick/abnormal w/ plague, there is a danger to society
- start to see techniques and institutions for measuring and supervising abnormal beings
- quarantine sick people (lepers, plague people)
- create order; a pure, disciplined community
panopticon: prison architectural idea with tower at the center where you can see each prisoner
- sense of permanent visibility
- gives power over people's minds through architecture
- penality is no longer the dismemberment of the convict's body, but rather "indefinite examination"
- disciplinary society: move toward society functioning by by disciplinary mechanisms
- the state control of discipline
- the subordination of bodies that increases the utility of power while dispensing with the need for a prince
liberty and rights vs. control and observation
- for a society built on libery, prison as a deprivation of liberty is the obvious punishment
- Schools, factories, hospitals and prisons resemble each other
- examine and classify people, and make them conform to the "norm"
panopticon in tech
- online activity is surveilled
- pirate stuff on nyu network?
- data collection by social media companies
- NSA/Snowden: govt tracking our communications
- ISP advertising: not that you'll get sneaker advertisements, but more sinister companies will use your browsing history against you
- other examples?
This week's assignment is use MongoDB. Mine is at http://188.8.131.52:3000/.