Panopticism is the belief that people behave properly because they think they are being watched. I think this can be seen all throughout our society, especially now with all the new technology. The first thing I think of when I hear panopticism is traffic cameras and store surveillance cameras. There Continue reading

Recording in progress…

Panopticism is embedded in our society, most obviously through cameras. Traffic cameras, security cameras, people’s cameras on their phones, cameras. Panopticism operates on the principle that because you assume you are always being watched, you act differently even though you might not necessarily be watched. Traffic/speeding cameras are tall in Continue reading


One way in which panopticism has been embedded in our society is through the proliferation of surveillance technologies. The concept of the panopticon, originally proposed by philosopher Jeremy Bentham in the 18th century, describes a prison design where a central watchtower allows a single guard to observe all inmates without Continue reading

Studvent, Alyssa Blog Post #5

According to Gonzaga University, Panopticism is defined as a “kind of internal surveillance [where] the watches ceases to be external to the watched”. In today’s society, panopticism has been embedded into our society in various ways such as through the advancement of surveillance technologies especially within public spaces and within 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