A hypothetical prison proposed by Jeremy Bentham, having circular tiers of cells surrounding a central observation tower.
Origin of panopticon
Earlier a peepshow device used to exhibit picturespan– Greek optikonneuter ofoptikosopticoptic
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Panopticon Sentence Examples
It was revised and kept alive by Jeremy Bentham in his fanatical scheme for a "panopticon or inspection house," described as "a circular building, an iron cage glazed, a glass lantern as large as Ranelagh, with the cells on the outer circumference."
During nearly a quarter of a century he was engaged in negotiations with the government for the erection of a "Panopticon," for the central inspection of convicts; a plan suggested to him by a building designed by his brother Samuel, for the better supervision of his Russian shipwrights.
He contributed largely to every number - his principal topics being Education, Freedom of the Press, and Prison Discipline (under which he expounded Bentham's "Panopticon").
Far from being displaced by the digital Panopticon, the ' intellectual commons ' of the Net continues to expand at an exponential rate.
dot-com entrepreneurs have discovered that more profits can be made outside the protection of the digital Panopticon.