4 posts • joined Tuesday 23rd October 2007 09:13 GMT
to those of the hang-em-and-flog-em brigade above - just note that in the original story the mother of the "victim" states "her friend played a trick". "Friend" that is. Not evil-little-bullying-witch-hang-by-the-neck-til-dead. Meanwhile the 8-year old who hid the shoes received a warning letter - and if you get three of these you're suspended. Common sense and proportionality prevails all round. Well done to all concerned.
From the Pedantry Department
The panopticon is not 'Orwellian', it's 'Bentham-ian' (ahem). Jeremy Bentham cooked up the idea of the panopticon, the ultimate efficient jail where many thousands of prisoners could be controlled by a minimum of warders. To do this all prisoners would 24x7 be able to be seen and covertly surveilled by the warders, with any infractions of rules being dealt with ... harshly. Because the prisoners would never know when they were being surveilled and the punishments so harsh, they would behave at all times.
Clearly, while a darn clever chap, rather ironically given he spent his time musing on matters philosophical about mankind and society he knew jack sh*t about human nature...