In college, a Sociology professor of mine observed once that a lot of technologies and customs originally suited to prisons make their way into everyday life. Bentham's panopticon is now the security cameras at the mall, for instance, or the extensive CCTV coverage all over London.
k5.user: "how many of us wear the nerd badge on a lanyard, needing to swipe to get into our office, or leave our office, etc ?"
I'm pretty sure I just put together a whole post about how we're doing this in the U.S. And in that comment you're quoting, mere words before the bit you object to, I use the example of security cameras at the mall, which is, I think, a quintessentially American locus of commerce. If the mere mention of a single instance of this same sort of thing in the U.K., among numerous examples of it in the U.S., suggests to you that there is some sort of anti-UK bias, I kind of feel like that's something you are bringing to the text.
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windykites: Wow. I wish I could be more surprised. But honestly, when they started chipping pets I knew this wasn't far behind. First pets, then kids, who's next? My dollar's on minorities.
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