Foucault’s Idea of Surveillance

According to Foucault, surveillance is a person always thinking they are under surveillance and causing them to feel they must behave under this power. In today’s society, you can see this applied with the traffic and street cams. Before you think about your next driving decision, you first think and make sure that it is within your visible power to do so. I also believe this idea is applied to us through written law without us having to be able to spot and look for a camera. Nowadays we can see these security cameras once you walk into a store or supermarket but it won’t always be in obvious places. I believe this embedded idea that we are always being watched first gets applied with our understanding of each law and rules depending on different societies. For example, littering is more common and less surveillance in the United States than other countries in the world.

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