Standardization

The first place I visited when I moved to Philly was the Eastern State Penitentiary Museum. At Cranbrook Academy of Art one of the visiting artists had talked about its revitalization – how artists had used the old cells for installations. I was really into this. As it turns out the tour I got was more interesting than the art – our guide told us of the panopticon design by the Quakers and the bibliotherapy – the only book they were aloud to read was the Bible. Sound familiar? All I could think about with rage was STANDARDIZATION. How, in the USA, home of the free – we are forced to standardize…


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