The original "panopticon" (derived from the Greek for "a device in which everything can be seen") was a design for a model prison, created by the British philosopher Jeremy Bentham (whose theory of Utilitarianism kicked my ass freshman year).
Within the panopticon, prisoners could theoretically be seen at all times in all places by the guard/inspector, whom they could not see. (If you'd like to have a look at the design, and read more, this is a good place to begin.)
What I liked about this as a blog title was the idea that it could be taken two ways:
- By reading this, you've got me under surveillance. Anybody can see what I write in here, without me knowing they're reading it. (Hi, Mom.)
- At the same time, anyone who comes into my view may wind up on display without knowing it–the reverse of the above relationship. Fair is fair.
Hearing me rant is the almost exclusive burden of the preternaturally patient C, whom I try to recompense in many and varied ways.
Hearing me muse is the almost exclusive privilege of the little blue man who lives in my head and often tells me to do wicked things.
He says that right now I should go eat a lot of sausage pizza.