Foucault, Surveillance, and the Digital Confessional

That’s a tentative title, of course.


For my final project for English in the Digital Age, for the sake of this blog and all of you, my lovely followers, and for the sake of knowledge and communities of critical thought, I will be developing a critical, multimedia essay reading social media through a Foucauldian framework. As I’ve been getting at in many of these posts, Foucault’s theories about the panopticon and the confessional map nicely (though not so positively) onto the proliferation and the use of the internet to share one’s thoughts, one’s stories, and oneself.


Now the question becomes, do I need IRB approval to analyze my friends’ posts on social media? They are all public…

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