In a society which places such ideals as personal freedom and individual liberty in such high regards, such as our society in the United States, it seems that such industries as the prison industrial complex exist as a manifestation of the contradictions which lie beyond the readily perceived public interpretations of such concepts as freedom, liberty, justice. In her critique of the prison industrial complex, which pays particular regard to the prison system in the state of califorina, Daniel masterfully illustrates how the conceived realities of justice and the "correctional institution" are provided by the misuse of symbolic language and misguided intepretation of this network of signs and symbols by the general public, which neglects the conscious recognition of the real situation. The concept of Langue and Parole are easily applied to Daniel's critique of the prison industrial complex, and through the examination of the manner and method by which the prison system, and he larger conept of justice within our society, and therefore the critique becomes more of a critique of the public perception of the signs and symbols of which we have internalized within our minds as members of the society.
In the theory of langue and parole, langue is describe as being a network of signs and symbols which encompass bodies of language, and signs can be seen as anything that has the ability to communicate information, and the interpretation of this information is based upon a recognized system of codes and conventions of which members of a given society consciously or unconsciously internalize. However, this system of communication within a given sociey is flawed within itself due to the ambiguity of the signs themselves, and their ultimate failure to communicate any definite form of information beyond what can be processed to be true based upon the systems of internalized ideas and forms of which are largely shared within a society.
In the Parole, or given narrative in which the language is used, it is assesed that the signifier of the sign and the signified form, object, or idea have no necessary relation to one another, and that we form the meaning to the context of the parole based upon the method in which it is formatted and the relation of the signs contained with each other.
I believe that Daniel's critique of the prison idustrial complex serves as a representation of how the langue and parole within the form of communication of a given society, which in this case is of course ours, is not only indefinite as a means of communication among members of that society, but also neglects the reconition of the actual meanings of the concepts used within the narrative.
The manipulation of meaning of words, and subsequently the forms, objects, ideas and concepts they are constructed to represent may also be seen as a conscious and unconscious effort to internalize the perceived form of a social reality based upon the intention of the author, and relying upon the complacency of the populace. As Daniel so eloquently illustrates, "The trick to the public secret is knowing what not to know. This is the most powerful form of social knowledge" because "such shared secrets sustain social and political institutions."