Types of Government

Aristocracy is a type of government where a small group of wealthy and privileged people, often called aristocrats or nobles, hold the power and make decisions for everyone else. Timocracy is a type of government where power is based on a person’s honor and military service. Oligarchy is a type Continue reading

My Personal Utopia

Dystopia and utopia represent polar opposites in societal visions. A dystopia is characterized by oppression, inequality, and suffering, often governed by totalitarian regimes, environmental degradation, and societal decay. In contrast, a utopia embodies harmony, equality, and prosperity, with just governance, sustainable practices, and societal well-being. In most dystopian societies citizens Continue reading

Foucault Theory

Panopticism entails the perception of being observed, compelling adherence to societal norms. It is a system in which the¬†belief that we are being watched forces us to behave “properly”. This idea was formulated by French historian and philosopher Michel Foucault. He is the well-known author of¬†Discipline and Punish: The Birth Continue reading

Panopticism in the Digital Age

In relation to Foucault’s perspective of panopticism, our modern society uses digital platforms such as Google, Bing, Instagram, Facebook, and many more platforms as a way to force people to behave properly. Posting or searching for certain content can flag or alert the government of improper usage of said platforms. Continue reading

Is Foucault Right?

The idea of panopticism, proposed by French philosopher Michel Foucault, enforces surveillance and the idea of punishment, rather than punishment itself. It is an idea that shifts away from a single authority figure, like a king or queen, and shifts to a more group-based system. The control of the population Continue reading

The least dystopian goverment

Throughout the world, nations are governed by many greatly diverse forms of government that dictate the everyday lives of their citizens. These forms of government can include monarchs, oligarchy, democracy, totalitarianism, and even communism. An ideal government protects its citizen’s rights, promotes social welfare, creates laws that improve one‚Äôs way Continue reading

Is Foucault right?

As we know, panopticism is a system in which the belief that we are being watched forces us to behave ‚Äúproperly.‚ÄĚ Based on my own understanding of Foucault‚Äôs discussion of panopticism, I think one way in which panopticism has been embedded in our society is through the use of surveillance Continue reading


Panopticism is a framework of societal structure and control marked by continuous surveillance and the internalization of disciplinary methods by individuals. Within panoptic establishments, whether physical or conceptual, people endure scrutiny and regulation, frequently without outward coercion. One way in which panopticism has been embedded in our society is through Continue reading