An Indepth Look At Subjectivity And Panopticism.

1327 words - 5 pages

Panopticism, as defined by Michel Foucault in his book Discipline and Punish, is (as proposed by Jeremy Bentham) a circular building with an observation tower in the centre of an open space surrounded by an outer wall. The idea behind this social theory that subjects, being watched by an upper power, always have either complete freedom or none at all. How can they have both you might ask? The subjects cannot see if someone is or isn’t watching them, therefore they should always act at there best. It is almost as if they are on the bad side of a double sided mirror,
This gives a whole new view to being a subject. It isn’t being an observed person in a little Psychology experiment as much as it is never knowing who is watching you or what fate the “upper hand” may have in store for them. Being a subject, or “subjectivity” if you will, is more than just being watched. It puts you in a position that you are no longer an individual, but rather an object that is placed under specific conditions for the sole purpose of the experience. To many people, this theory could lead their lives and what they do in it for fear that the upper power.
If we look at the beliefs of Christianity, its subjects believe that God will see something that is frowned upon thus closing their chance at heaven upon becoming deceased, or even lead to certain consequences in the near future known as karma. Though it is not proven that there is a heaven or God, many hold strong to their beliefs on the subject, though they cannot see said upper hand.. Due to the belief that God is watching, his believers know that committing sin (such as adultery and wrath) is such a move that could potentially be “frowned upon.” However, they also have the choice of going to confession and asking God to forgive the sins they have committed.
When one is aware of who exactly is watching them and/or why they are being watched, one would know how in what manner to act, and when to act in such manner. With panopticism, the subject is completely unaware of who the “watcher” is, thus rendering them of all power. When the subject has no power, he is a mere “object to the game.” Without knowledge of who is watching, the subject does not know how to fight back and is left with no choice but to act in a manner to which he believes the watcher wants him to act. (Giroux & Nealon)
A classic example of subjectivity can be found in an episode of Chuck Jones’ Looney Tunes called “Duck Amuck.” In said cartoon short, Daffy Duck (a regular throughout the show) is held subject to the upper hand of the mischievous Bugs Bunny and his antics as the “illustrator” for the short. Bugs Bunny is perhaps the most well known character of the Looney Tunes crew, and can usually be found messing with Daffy Duck. In this episode in particular, Bugs Bunny has his fun by completely messing with the mind of Daffy Duck by periodically changing the setting and everything around him to a point where Daffy becomes enraged. ...

Find Another Essay On An Indepth Look at Subjectivity and Panopticism.

An Inside Look at Vegetarianism Essay

2179 words - 9 pages Definition of Vegetarianism Healey says: “Vegetarianism is the practice of living on the products of the plant kingdom, with or without the use of eggs and dairy products, but excluding entirely the consumption of any part of the body of an animal as food (including chicken, fish and seafood). The term ‘vegetarian’ means a person who follows such practice, or describes such a person, creature, establishment or food pertaining to vegetarianism

Aromatherapy as an alternative medicine-an in depth look at aromatherapy and pregnancy.

1717 words - 7 pages if you are trying to cut down on alcohol as part of your pre-conceptual care then this is an excellent oil to try as a safer alternative. NB. Sandalwood is precious oil that is frequently synthetically copied. A true essential oil of sandalwood is very thick and viscous. If yours runs freely from the bottle then it has been "cut" i.e. diluted or it is a synthetic copy. In either case it will be of little or no therapeutic value. Ylang Ylang - A

An Inside Look at Eating Disorders

1506 words - 7 pages million Americans have an eating disorder -seven million women and one million men, says the South Carolina Department of Mental Health”(par.1) Body image is in the media everywhere people look. Women and men are obsessively trying to change their appearance just to look like the perfect body images they see in magazines and music videos. In other words, in order of being beautiful, they have to be skinny. According to Jean Kilbourne author of

An In-Depth Look at Painting

1017 words - 4 pages center of interest. Too much contrast when spread throughout the painting can destroy unity and make a work difficult to look at. Unless a feeling of chaos and confusion are what you are seeking to deliver. The viewer's eye is drawn round the painting by the individual life and energy of the elements as movement. The horses have to move on different direction to present the impact of war while others are hanging up their legs and the soldiers

An Inside Look at the Amish Culture

1775 words - 8 pages their faith. In going with church, the word church does not refer to a building for service but the actual people themselves, because services are held at family’s homes on schedule and services are held every other Sunday. The Amish have what is called an Ordnung, which means order, this is strict set of biblical principles that is learned through daily practice and taught or handed down by older generations to ensure their children follow the

An Informative Look at Hindu Deities

725 words - 3 pages guide people are lords Rahu and Ketu, whom are part of the “decision makers” of destiny. Hinduism is a complex, colorful and diverse religion; one with many unique deities. To understand the method behind the madness, per say, or the reason behind the uniquity, one must first look at the history of Hinduism. Hinduism is the oldest religion, and has no single founder, scripture, or set of teachings, just from this, Hinduism is one of the most

An Inside Look at Multiple Sclerosis

1104 words - 5 pages experience these strange symptoms they usually go to the doctor or hospital and have some test run to see what is going on. Some the test include a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and a spinal tap. The MRI is usually to look at the patient’s brain and spinal cord to see if the patient has any lesions. A spinal tap is done to check the patient for high levels of immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies as well as other proteins and fragments of myelin

Taking an Inside Look at Collaborative Consumerism

1236 words - 5 pages global environmental and financial concerns. On the other hand, the rising trend of collaborative consumerism encourages eco-conscious ways to de-clutter over-consumption; it may have a negative impact on traditional corporate consumerism, but encourages ecofriendly entrepreneurships; it also improves human relationship by finding the power of community and connecting with each other; it is an optional lifestyle for individuals, and a major

An Inside Look at Shark Finning

1701 words - 7 pages impact our oceans more than we think, and it’s much more catastrophic than spending our summer vacations at our favorite beaches. There are currently over 440 species of sharks in our Earth’s oceans, but despite roaming our ocean’s waters for millions of years, sharks are constantly at risk of extinction. It is estimated that one hundred million sharks are killed by humans each year. To put it into perspective, that’s 11,417 sharks killed every

An Inside Look at Coker College

1553 words - 7 pages . The computer labs on campus offer access to both Mac and PC computers(“About Coker”). Coker has much to offer, from excellent housing and on campus food to computer access for all students and advanced technology in labs, one can see that the money they spend at Coker is put to good use. Activities Many clubs and organizations are offered to students at Coker. If one is looking for an academic club to join there’s the math club or maybe the

An Inside Look at Nike Inc.

1492 words - 6 pages making; sustainability is at the core of their decision making. A more integrated sustainable thinking is at the core of their growth plans and corporate strategy, this is also the case in each of their affiliate companies. (Nike Inc., 2007) These decisions are made by the corporate officers, which includes the president/ Chief Executive officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. The corporate officers make the ultimate decisions, however the

Similar Essays

The Demi Devil (Iago) An Indepth Look At Iago As Satan

1722 words - 7 pages himself, however, never sins in this instance.Satan was perceived as a gentlemanly person in the Middle Ages. Satan used his chivalry to manipulate other people into doing his will. Iago too uses his chivalry to appear as an honest and trustful friend. Iago throughout the book is very cordial and nice, and would be the life of any party. Desdemona finds Iago funny as she writes, "O, fie upon thee, slanderer!" (2.1.113). He seems to be protecting

Are Standardized Tests Harming Our Educational System? An Indepth Look At The Effects Of Standardized Tests.

4759 words - 19 pages Beyond Standardized Testing by George W. Elford and a new idea hit me, maybe the tests aren't biased, but showing us inequalities. In the book was a quote by Sociologist C. E. Williams, he wrote, "Those who look askance at testing should not rest their case on the simple notion that tests are unfair to the poor. Life is unfair to the poor, tests merely measure the results" (qtd. in Elford 48). This could also be true, these tests aren't being

And Indepth Look At The Trial Of Kevin Mitnick. Fully Cited. References Included.

3297 words - 13 pages unauthorized computer systems at Digital Equipment Corp. Digital accused Mitnick of stealing over one million dollars of private computer software as well as causing over $4 million in damage to their systems. (Sussman, 1995, p66).After serving nearly a year at a low security facility, Mitnick was released with a three year probationary term in which he was unable to leave his home state of California and was not allowed to use a computer with a

Compairing The Two Books, "Dispatches" By Herr And "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns By" Miller. Focuses On An Indepth Look At The Main Characters And How They Are Seen In The Eye's Of The Reader.

1348 words - 5 pages and intelligence, shouldn't the fact that a life is a life have any relevance? Regardless of how you might value the human race it is possible that any other species could have become the Alfa-species thousands of years ago. Throughout the books Dispatches and Batman: The Dark Night Returns, the characters are constantly placed in classifications of varying value, putting one being above the other. We will look at how and why these characters