CCTV and Panopticism

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Without government constantly regulating what its citizens can and cannot do there would be dire outcomes. A just way of going about this problem is exposing the citizens, which affects the human’s psyche by first restraining its instinctual reactions until it becomes habitual. Making the moral choice is then etched in the human brain. In this system of government “[authority] is seen, but he is the object of information, never a subject in communication” (Foucault 373). Nobody interacts with the big brother; he is simply an evaluator of behavior. The government’s presence is always felt whether or not it is physically present or not. The security of citizens is augmented due to the fact everyone is exposed to the eye of authority. A chief mechanism used to make certain these ideas are carried out in modern society is the usage of closed-circuit televisions. By properly establishing and exercising these panoptical devices crime rate will be reduced while having a limited interaction with citizens, which sustains a healthy balance between privacy and protection. Closed-circuit televisions are morally and widely spread in a preemptive strike to stop crime and implement the affects of panopticism. Although these cameras have been proven to reduce crime and resolve criminal acts, such modern technology has its confinements. This is to be expected, because there is no such thing as a perfect system of government. Privacy is the main reasoning for this turmoil. For example, people in the most extreme case are recorded over 300 times a day in London. The cameras have to be filming constantly, because everyone is considered to be a potential criminal. This causes an uprising from who is being monitored while not engaging in criminal activity. However these cameras are restricted to ethical places such as public streets, businesses, parking lots, and residential roads. They
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