Tuesday, July 8, 2008


From Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison:

"Antiquity had been a civilization of spectacle. 'To render accessible to a multitude of men the inspection of a small number of objects'...The modern age poses the opposite problem: 'To procure for a small number, or even a single individual, the instantaneous view of a great multitude.'" (216)

"Our society is one not of spectacle, but of suveillance; under the surface of images, one invests bodies in depth; behind the great abstraction of exchange, there continues the meticulous, concrete training of useful forces; the circuits of communication are the supporters of an accumulation and centralization of knowledge; the play of signs defines the anchorage of power; it is not that the beautiful totality of the individual is amputated, repressed, altered by our social order, it is rather that the individual is carefully fabricated in it, according to a whole technique of forces and bodies." (217)

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