Discipline, Control and Information Architecture

From the concrete architectural structure of the Panopticon to the network architecture of contemporary digital information delivery systems, this weeks readings provided vivid practical examples of how organizational structures are essentially media of control. Foucault examines the natural fears and practical concerns that lead to the conception of panoptic controlling mechanisms. Whether architectural or ephemeral, the panoptic method maintains control through an invisible surveillance structure that plays deeply into psychology rather than brute force of disciplinary systems. Galloway suggests that the protocols of computer networks should be with examined with similar scrutiny. Because they determine how information is accessed all such structures for organizing information are biased, and ultimately reflects the belief system, which developed or maintains it.

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2 Responses to “Discipline, Control and Information Architecture”

  1. mediasaucy Says:

    Architecture –yes! I see all these figures from drafting when I think panopticon. I like the webby drawing with the Galloway/Thacker that represents complex protein-protein coupling. The example math problem they cited of the travelling salesman reminded me of those maps found in the back of in-flight magazines that show you all the routes that certain airlines fly out of a specific hub. I guess astrological constellations are simple examples for networks, too, right?

  2. murtaza14 Says:

    Looking at the all the huge media channels like CNN, NBC, BBC its is a know fact that these organizations control power and influence the way people think. Hence i definitely agree on how the Panoptic method maintains and controls through in an invisible surveillance structure that plays deeply into psychology rather than brute force of disciplinary systems.

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