The Boles Blogs Network is delighted to announce the creation of three new blogs for your reading pleasure that focus on news, commentary and analysis of three important themes that run throughout this Urban Semiotic blog.  The first — Panopticonic — concerns us watching those watching us.  Jeremy Bentham invented the idea of a “panopticon” in 1787:

A circular prison with cells arranged around a central well, from which
inmates can be observed at all times. Also in extended use.

Today, Panopticonic helps us fight back against the decay of personal privacy under the eyeing thumb of those that surveil us on a daily basis.

Next — Carceral Nation — provides insight and commentary against what is slowly becoming a world of prisons and unlawful detainment.

We pay for these prisons — but are we becoming the incarcerated?

Finally — Memeingful — is dedicated to analysis of the means of how we learn from, and share information with, each other:

A cultural element or behavioural trait whose transmission and consequent persistence in a population, although occurring by non-genetic means (esp. imitation), is considered as analogous to the inheritance of a gene.

We start with the meme.  We put meaning in the memeing.  We provide the memeingful end.

Please join us on the three new blogs to add to the discussion and the understanding.We’ll see you there!


  1. There you are, Anne!
    Yes, it is extra work, but we want to connect these patterns we’ve been seeing over the last few years in a single place. It turns out that single place became three places!


  2. Thanks, Dananjay! The blogs do have a semiotic association now:
    Urban Semiotic/Panopticonic/Carceral Nation all have Cityscape themes.
    RelationShaping/Memeingful share a similar design aesthetic.
    WordPunk is out in the wilds alone with styling… where it belongs…


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