How to Create a Carceral Nation with a Private Prison System

It’s discouraging to see the steady progression of the prison population in America. Instead of dealing with social issues, we prefer to put people behind bars for smaller and smaller offenses in a blighted attempt to keep the peace.  We take our national cue from Obama who, too frightened to proactively move, leaves Guantanamo an open and seeping sore on our national visage.

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Announcing Panopticonic, Carceral Nation and Memeingful

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.

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