I’m feeling rather macabre today, so I thought I’d share this link:
(I don’t really know how to make links work in wordpress, so please copy and paste if you’re so inclined.)
I’ve come across this story in a few different sources, so I’m fairly certain it’s legit.
I actually have a point to posting this, beyond sheer ick factor. In the first section of Discipline and Punish, Foucault goes on at length concerning the previous culture of punishment, and we’ve now shifted into a culture of surveillance. (I’m paraphrasing badly.) He also mentions that one aspect of the punishment culture was that people were fascinated by extreme trangressors. I think that this is one part of the past punishment model that hasn’t gone away; as the link shows, there’s still a great interest in these figures. Now, my question is, how far does this interest go? Does it explain the success of shows like Prison Break or Oz? And does this fascination come from some vestige of our preceding culture, or is it because prisons, surveillance culture or not, are still kept out of the public gaze?
Food for thought. (Sorry.)