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In Michael Foiucault’s “Panopticism” he breaks down our social/economical systems and explains societies mentality on the law system. He answers the “why’s” in the way certain individuals act and think as they do. Many times his explanation is very much branched off of J. Bentham’s “Panopticon”. In one paragraph of “Panopticism”, a disciplinary mechanism is described, which is considered the best way for one to be punished, in that new knowledge …

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…disciple. Behind the disciplinary mechanisms can be read the haunting memory of “contagions,” of the plague, of rebellions, crimes, vagabondage, desertions, people who appear and disappear, live and die in disorder.” The plague can be used as an effective way to discipline, it is how we would use it that has an effect on if ever it would be possible. Bibliography Foucault, Michel. “Panopticism.” Ways of reading. Ed. David Bartholomae Boston:Bedford/St. Martins, 1999 314-42