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Watching Each Other: Foucault’s Panopticon and Confessional in Social Media

Everyone knows when we post online, we’re being watched. The NSA, the FBI, Google, Facebook, Apple, Visa, ModCloth–they monitor our online activities for patterns that indicate danger or that can teach them to market directly to us; they monitor for … Continue reading

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Big Brother: 9 Ways You’re Being Watched We’re pretty much already transparent in so many ways. But, is it really a bad thing?

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Social Media & The Digital Confessional: Full Outline

Watching Each Other: Foucault’s Panopticon and Confessional in Online Sharing I. Intro a. 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 … Continue reading

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Richard Joyce, “Internet Surveillance: A Virtual Panopticon?”

This short blog post appears to be part of Richard Joyce’s blog for a course at Bowdoin, and, similar to this blog, he’s thinking through some of his own thoughts in relation to what he’s read. The thrust of his thinking … Continue reading

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Tom Brignall III, “The New Panopticon – The Internet Viewed as a Structure of Social Control”

I would have never guessed that this article was post-9/11, but according to this vaguely-identified HTML version of it, it was published in 2002. I don’t know why no one has considered the panopticon and the internet more recently, but … Continue reading

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James Boyle, “Foucault in Cyberspace: Surveillance, Sovereignty, and Hardwired Censors”

Jeez, I thought the last article I read was too old. This 1997 article applies a somewhat Foucauldian framework to thinking about the “Holy Trinity” of the internet in its adolescence–three ideas which have had a profound impact and may be … Continue reading

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Andrew Hope, “Panopticism, Play and the Resistance of Surveillance: Case Studies of the Observation of Student Internet Use in UK Schools”

This 2005 article is based on a study of UK post-primary schools: the researcher observed and interviewed students, teachers, and staff about methods of monitoring what students do on school computers and students’ resistance of these methods. He begins by … Continue reading

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Foucault, Surveillance, etc: Planning

I need to go out into the world and do some reading, but for now, for the Daily Create assignment, I’ll lay out a plan for attacking this thing. 1. Gonna do some reading–I have my crazy to-do list calendar. … Continue reading

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Review of Dave Eggers’ The Circle

Just finished. I’m still reflecting, and I don’t often write reviews of books right after I finish them–gotta let it marinate. This one is certainly still marinating. But, if I don’t force myself to write it now, I don’t know … Continue reading

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