Saturday, 5 November 2011

Background reading to Foucault and Panopticism

Background reading to Foucault and Panopticism
In order to find a Graphic representation of the work of Foucault and Panopticism I found an interesting published thesis on the Internet:

The author,Daniel H. Ortega, establishes how Graphic billboards and art work have been strategically placed to 'create a self-surveilled, normalized community.'  He uses examples such as images of the revolutionary hero Che Guevara to support this 

Che Guevara's Beret, the star represents his socialist's values

We Want You To Be Like Che - Fidel

The government 'we' want 'you' the people of Cuba to be like Che, signed by Fidel both the highest role models of honour and glory.

Hes uses both state produce propaganda and also public produced graffiti to as examples of Panoptic devices promoting a self-surveilled community. 'En Cada Barrio' [In Each Neighborhood, a revolution] 

These murals imply a sense of national pride in the Cuban Revolution but more importantly are a reminder of the physical presence of the neighbourhood monitoring organizations such as the CDRs or Committees for the Defense of the Revolution. These were created in 1960 to remove any risk of counter culture revolution at neighbourhood level.  In addition they monitor other activities and behaviour in the community.  As such he links these to Foucault 'the major effect' of the panoptic device is to 'induce ' a state of consciousness and visibility that assures the automatic functioning of power'

Change 4 Life is a national campaign to help families eat well, move more and live longer.

This NHS campaign is not obviously a NHS campaign neither the website nor the adverts or videos use the NHS logo.  Th campaign is targeted at both adults and children.  The Morph like figures appeal to a generation of 40 somethings whereas the animation and children's voices and stories will appeal to children.

All mechanism's of power which, even todays, are disposed around the abnormal individual, to brand him and to alter him, are composed of those two forms from which they

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