Navigating Dystopias: Identifying the Characteristics of Oppressive Societies”

Our Dystopias, Real & Imagined course has allowed me  to identify the hallmarks of a dystopian society. Through the use of models like Hobbes’s Leviathan, Foucault’s perspective of panopticism, Young’s Five Faces of Oppression and many others to discern patterns of oppression in both fictional and real-world settings. Through these 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

A Balancing Act: The Challenges of Technological Advances in Modern Society”

Technology has caused so many advances in modern society, however, it has caused many problems as well. Technology has revolutionized our communication, our livelihood, and the way we seek information. Yet, with these advances we must be willing to compromise our personal lives. Personally, I find myself trying to balance Continue reading

Who Should We Chose?

It is quite evident that all systems of government have the possibility to abuse their power. In many systems, the government acts as an authority figure over the people. This can lead to authoritarianism which creates an environment that is similar to the dystopian structure where the people experience an Continue reading