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16 McMullan, “What does the panopticon mean in the age of digital surveillance?”
Living in the world replete with vast technologies and plenty of opportunity to accomplish the desired outcome, the world where spectrum of one’s safety is so quickly and significantly extended, it is indeed barely possible to get away from Panopticist surveillance. The exchange of information by knowing that one is seen by the other does not pose any unknown danger. However, when one is compelled to give away information without gaining anything, this signifies unknown danger on top of the absence of any means to defend oneself. Panopticist surveillance always grants advantage to the seer, and rarely to the seen. Panopticism is omnipresent and cannot be avoided. While it is so easy for it to corrupt the world, the only way to prevent it is to spread the notion that Panopticism and the ideas regarding surveillance is eligible to be considered benign only when they satisfy the most primary and necessary condition of allowing the subjects a sufficient degree of freedom.CitationMichel Foucault, “Discipline and punish: The Birth of the Prison”(Vintage books)Connor Sheridan, Foucault, “Power and the Modern Panopticon”(Trinity College, 2016)Sherman, Melina. “NEW PANOPTICISM: THE MATERIALITY OF SURVEILLANCE IN SOCIETY”MELINA SHERMAN. June 6 2014. -materiality-of-surveillance-in-society/Bart Simon, “The Return of Panopticism: Supervision, Subjection and the New Surveillance,”Surveillance& Society (2005)McMullan, Thomas. “What does the panopticon mean in the age of digital surveillance?”TheGaurdian.July 23 2015Whitaker, Reginald. “The End of Privacy: How Total Surveillance Is Becoming a Reality”(Vintage Books)Vanguard, Lehigh. "Modern Discipline and Panopticism in the United States"Lehigh Valley Vangaurd.September 12 2014. -Discipline-and-Panopticism-in-the-United-StatesClarke, Roger. “Information Technology and Dataveillance” Roger Clarke’s Website November 1987.