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Friday, March 22, 2013

22 March 2013

Welcome back to another edition of Filosophy Fridays on The Daily Quota.
What a week it's been for the knowledge-hungry!

Today's Daily Quota takes a look at a latin phrase that has not lost its meaning in the 21st Century - Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - Who guards the guards themselves?.
It is attributed to Juvenal in his Satires but has been likened to Plato and the works of later writers like George Orwell.

In a technology driven world, privacy, surveillance and authority is quickly defining the social landscape of many societies - particularly as Western ideals like liberty are challenged by ever-intrusive authorities.

As such, this latin phrase encompasses the ironic nature of surveillance - who is to watch the ones who watch? Who guards the guards? How are they to be kept in check?

Who do the authorities answer to, if they are the ultimate authority? 
Or as Lisa Simpson might put it, who polices the police? (apparently the Coast Guard, according to Homer's response).
This was one of the key motifs in Alan Moore's Watchmen (wow, two mentions in a few days!).

Some food for thought for your Friday afternoon. 


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