PDP-Constellation-Local, Global SustainabilityPosted: November 30, 2013
‘The basic missions of global management have endured from the early postwar period, among them: containing other centers of global power within the “overall framework of order” managed by the United States; maintaining control of the world’s energy supplies; barring unacceptable forms of independent nationalism; and overcoming “crises of democracy” within domestic enemy territory.’ Noam Chomsky, Hegemony or Survival, New York, Metropolitan Books, 2003
‘The primary economic role of wars, however, was as a means to open up new markets that had been sealed up and to generate postwar peacetime booms. Now wars and disaster responses are so fully privatized that they are themselves the new market.’ Naomi Klein, ‘The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism’, 2007
These statements outline the superiority of western powers and in particular on global issues. This could be regarded as a panopticon society on a worldwide scale.
‘The end of history will be a very sad time. The struggle for recognition, the willingness to risk one’s life for a purely abstract goal, the worldwide ideological struggle that called forth daring, courage, imagination, and idealism, will be replaced by economic calculation, the endless solving of technical problems, environmental concerns, and the satisfaction of sophisticated consumer demands. In the post historical period there will be neither art nor philosophy, just the perpetual care taking of the museum of human history.’ Francis Fukyuama, The End of History? 1989
This aspect of one panopticon global society is suggested here.
The power of a spectacle is an interesting aspect of society. Television can be viewed as a spectacle to some degree. A spectacle that perhaps blinds us through the power of entertainment.