Thursday, June 07, 2012

Everybody Knows


Last week on the podcast I mentioned Bentham's Panopticon. For those not into 18th century British radicals, Jeremy Bentham was a philosopher who, among other things, first proposed the idea of a new kind of prison where all the inmates could be watched by a single guard tower in the center of the complex but the inmates themselves could never tell exactly who was watching them or if anyone was at all. It was revolutionary -- and it was called the Panopticon.

I threw the term out last week because I think it's safe to say that these days we're living in a kind of digital, social media Panopticon -- requiring us to be vigilant at all times to the possibility that we're being watched and recorded. That everything we do is under surveillance of some kind.

Take for example the case of poor Brian Presley: C-list actor, Christian, not-so-recovering alcoholic, married man, father -- and now worldwide internet laughingstock because he seriously picked the wrong girl to hit on during a flight out of Los Angeles recently.

Get ready to cringe.

I'm Pretty When I Lie (Tumblr): Would-Be Adulterer's Entire Pick-Up Attempt Live-Tweeted/6.7.12

Bentham had no idea.

10 comments:

Brianne said...

Thanks for pointing me toward Bentham, I've always associated the panopticon with Foucault. I learned something today! Guess you're not as stupid as those pot smokers think you are... Thanks Chez.

Chez said...

Foucault's thing was the pendulum.

Jester said...

Am I the only one who finds it extremely ironic that this guy was smited by a self-described "Slytherin"?

Brianne said...

Not Leon Foucault the physicist. I was talking about Michel Foucault, author of Discipline and Punish.

Chez said...

I was actually talking about Jeff Foucault. He's this guy who lives up the street from me who gets high and takes apart grandfather clocks.

Brianne said...

My mistake, I've never had the pleasure.

Amy B. said...

The comments on his most recent FB status will not surprise you.

His status:
"I love that I took a red eye flight to NY, had a 10 minute friendly conversation with the person sitting next to me, had some food, and went to sleep! I learned today this person has been tweeting about me drinking beer in the airplane bathroom, and trying to commit adultery with her on the airplane. Really absurd and quite funny! ... They Even took pictures of me while I was sleeping. A little WIERD! I was on a soap opera for years and never did the writers write something this good:)

None of what this person said happened is true! I guess in today's age you have to be careful who you say hello too.

Sobriety, God, & My Family are the most important things in my life! My Wife Rocks, My Kids Rock, and Sobriety Rocks!!! I will pay this no more attention and I encourage all of you to do the same. God Bless all of you and thank you all for all your support! - Brian"

...
Right.

Amy B. said...

Some gems:

"Try not to let the down side of fame get to you. I can't Stand the stuff on your page, obviously some ppl have too much time on their hands. Good luck & positive thoughts!!"
Fame? Who is this guy?

"It's good that you can laugh about it. There are good people in this world. Thanks for setting such a great example of how to deal with bad apples. I hope you can still find it in you to talk to strangers on a plane."
That sounds like a pickup line he could use the next time: "Hey, I'm Brian, and I have it in me to talk to strangers on the plane. Wanna let it be in you too?

" I figured it was a lie. She was the ex-girlfriend of a shock jock, you know the ones who did bad things in a church! As she stated on their fan sites, she also dated Pauly Shore and had a one night fling with Aaron Paul at the Playboy mansion bathroom!(she said that on the shock jock's web broadcast). I believe the character of a Christian who is an inspiration to many, over some LA hipster who mocks Christianity and is looking to besmirch someone who is trying to be a role model and make family films."
No one ever mentions the shock jock's name. I wonder if they go to hell if they do?


And my favorite...
"As Pastor Rick Warren repeatedly reminds, "Hurt people hurt people." Ultimately, you and God know the truth. And if people believe everything they read just because it's on the internet/tweeted/whatever, well... just a sign of the times. Keep on keepin' on! =)"

Did...she really just quote Rick Warren?"

Chez said...

Hmm. Sounds like they're talking about Anthony from Opie and Anthony. I'll take a look. That's would admittedly be hilarious.

Chez said...

Ugh, typos. Yeah, she dated Anthony a couple of years back and may still be, actually, since I know I've heard him mention his girlfriend lately and I think her name is Melissa. She'd fit the mold: it would mean Ant started dating her when she was around 20 and he's of course 51.