Week #12 Blog “Panopticism”

One way that panopticism is been embedded in our society, is within the jobs. Typically, in a job setting, you have an employee who does all of the tasks to their best ability. No matter if they are being watched, this type of employee is always going to be doing their job unless they are on break. On the other end, you have employees who typically do not care to do their job, if they are not being watched thoroughly. They may do the bare minimum at most when it comes to their tasks within the job. Panopticism in this case will be applied when employees know they are either under surveillance and there is a specific person who watches the cameras to make sure everyone is doing their job, or a more common way when CEOs or their supervisor is directly watching and observing them at work. As soon as a higher-up starts to watch an employee, you will see mainly all employees start to do their job to their best ability due to them being watched. The main reason I think people start to behave when they are being watched is that they know that if their actions are not appropriate, they will be held accountable. For the example I used, if you are at work and a supervisor is watching you, and you are not doing your job. More than likely you will be fired. As a person, you know that being watched by someone in power will make you “behave” because you do not want to face the negative consequences of not doing what you are supposed to do. In some instances, I think it is important to watch people in certain areas like the workplace to make sure people are doing their job. It is a way that we function as a society when everyone does their part. However, I think some people in higher-up positions can get a big ego if they have some type of power and misuse it. Although you should watch employees from time to time, nobody wants someone stalking them. If people are watched too much, for a long period, they no longer “behave”.

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