Sunday, May 4, 2014

And the panopticon spins round and round my friends...

Besides stating that I find this to be a truly entertaining clip, let us address some points of interest, shall we?
Jeremy Bentham gave a new spin on reality with the creation of the panopticon in the late 18th century.  Essentially, he created an environment where the "watched" perceived themselves to monitored constantly. This led to streamlined changes in behavior, regardless of weather or not the watchers were watching the watched at any given point in time.  The watched felt the looming eye of conformity moment to moment, day after day, which led to a perceived reform within the population.
Bentham said this of his panopticon, it's “a mill for grinding rogues honest."

Well, hot damn. I had only seen previews for this show, so this was my first time watching any 

significant portion of it.  I am amused, almost too amused...lets break it down meow. There's an audience watching "reality" TV--the "real" watching reality.  "You no longer watch TV, it is TV that watches you" (Baudrillard 29).  In a literal sense, with this particular program, the watchers have become the watched.
"We are witnessing the end of perspectival and panoptic space (which remains a moral hypothesis bound up with tall the classical analyses on the "objective" essence of power), and thus to the very abolition of the spectacular...and one can no longer say that the medium is altered by it" (B 30).
Our mediums within reality are blending, morphing, and becoming more fluid with each passing construction.
One of the highlights for me in this show was the reveal.  Holy awesome batman.
So, the young lad--man is not only revealing himself to be a person other than Bow Wow, but has a little lamb skin surprise for his bewildered beau.  Awesome.  Thank you.
He brings up the point in the end that some of the other women he has been intimate with have not been able to tell that the wobbly appendage is a fake...a simulation sensation.  Hello hyperreal: "Simulation is no longer that of a territory or referential being, or a substance.  It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality" (B1).

1 comment:

  1. It is very interesting to think about how "the watchers have become the watched" on this TV program. My question is (and I think we can apply this to all reality TV): do these watchers, and do we as viewers, recognize that they are no longer watching, that they have become the exact thing they are critiquing or responding to? In some ways, we as the viewers are no longer even watching people watching TV, because that is what they are supposed to be doing and so they put on a performance of watching reality TV. As you mentioned with the creation of the panopticon, it leads to a reform within the population. These people are behaving in a specific way because they are no longer the watchers but the watched and must follow a set of expectations.


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