Jeremy Bentham, a designer of a jail in which each cell is visible through a guard tower (a panopticon). It is set it up this way
because people who know they are being watched are more likely to behave. Laws are panoptic and this helps to maintain order and power through citizens who control other citizens.
Michel Foucault uses Bentham's design in her studies. Foucault says it is what keeps us in order. Example: A parent spanks a child, an observer sees it and says something. Now the parent is more cautious of his or her actions because they have realized someone has been observing them. They are less likely to do spank their child in public again
because of the fear of being caught again in the act.
Here is two examples of Bentham's panopticon:
Side Note: A VISUAL OF FOUCAULT'S THEORIES
This is what people act like when they are NOT being observed:
This is what they look like when they FIND OUT they are being observed:
And now how they act when they are FULLY AWARE they are being observed at all times:
EITHER THAT OR THEY JUST "PULLING A WOODY ALLEN"
Definition of "PULLING A WOODY ALLEN"
Looking smart, but ACTING stupid. -no pun intended :)