Programmer Cameron Kunzelman from Atlanta has created a wickedly delightful little game called "Oh No," where the goal is to stay one step ahead of the voracious, disembodied head of the French philosopher Michel Foucault. Kunzelman came up with the game as a programming exercise but ended up delivering the perfect combination of a historical figure and his video game avatar: Foucault as an inexhaustible chomping head is a nice visualization of the central idea in the influential post-modernist's work, that there is an inescapable, panoptic power at the heart of modern society.
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