Happy Birthday, Alan Moore, who doesn’t use the intarwubs, so he’ll never see this, but he’ll know somehow 😉
Here’s my column for the day which risks disrupting the space/time continuum by discussing French literary theory with a popular audience:
Welcome to the Panopticon!
Your every keystroke on the computer is recorded; CCTV follows your progress around the city; you agree to changes without a second thought—or a second read of the license—every time iTunes wants to update, and you squeeze your toiletries into 100ml or 3oz containers in order to board that flight.
And you don’t even complain any more.
Welcome to the panopticon. Back in the 18th century, Jeremy Bentham (yes, the man whose dead body still sits in a cabinet of the University College London—sans head—except for the occasional College Council vote) proposed a prison that was a model of efficiency. The watched cannot see the watchers but know they can be under observation at all times. You don’t really need to have that many jailers because a few can keep the paranoia at peak.
Read more: http://culture.bitchbuzz.com/welcome-to-the-panopticon.html#ixzz15eLFmW33