Punnish Discipline - Mr O'Brien and Mrs Brown,
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A highly stimulating read on the relationship between literature and surveillance. Two professors of English reflect on what these two fields have to say about each other and the world, to informative effect. The breadth of reference is educational for the uninformed reader (I came to this from the computer monitoring world not the English department)and happily they don't just automatically assume that everything Foucault said must be true.
A couple of oddities - they refer to instances of surveillance in Bacon's New Atlantis and Gulliver's Travels, neither of which actually seem to exist when you follow up the references, though you can sort of see how they might think so if you squint a bit, and towards the end they suddenly say "Having we hope, debunked certain naive claims when made by the hard sciences, we will not make the same error ourselves" and it is totally unclear what earlier passage this might possibly refer to, as they don't talk about the hard sciences at all as far as I can see. Perhaps a reference back to a passage that was later removed during the edit?
A shame that the recent NSA revelations came too late to inform their discussion. A timely work and one I would commend to anyone with a professional interest in keeping tabs on people. As Harold Finch once said, "if you really need a mystery, I recommend the human heart."