Tentative Thesis: The internet, especially social media, can be read as Foucault’s confessional-turned-panopticon, in which people expose and put into language (text, pictures, videos, music) their experiences and stories, the process of which makes them subject those experiences to social discourse, to self-police and be policed in terms of the social norms and values of those watching from the tower, the confessors, the public, society.
- Foucault & the Panopticon & the confessional
- Most of the literature reading the internet through Foucault thinks about government and corporate surveillance of activity and the dangers of waning privacy rights.
- Some have lightly considered the work of watching and seeing each other via social media.
- Confession sites
- Twitter hashtag #tbh, #confession, and any others–suggestions, readers?
- Representations of self and identity on Facebook–profiles and posts
Conclusion: Not quite here yet.
As you can see, I need some help thinking through all of this (although I’m a sparse outliner to begin with). Workshop in class should help, but do you have any thoughts? Let me know in the comments. Let’s make this collaborative.