Elements of the Panopticon:
- being watched
- psychological effect
- psychological /mental discipline
Panopticism - modern form of social concern, style of new modern discipline, based on the principles of panopticon, a method of people in society controlling us.
Examples of modern day panopticism/discipline: self regulation
- Swipe cards (in college/work) - to check when you enter and leave the building - more inclined for people to be on time because of the risk of getting caught.
- CCTV - constant governmental reminder of power
- Speed Cameras
- The internet - google maps etc.
- Open plan offices
Panopticism linked with 'the gaze' - you are always being watched but you don't have the power to return the gaze, because you are constantly scrutinised you conform to acting a certain way. Mass media as panopticism. A self fulfilling prophecy, institutional gaze. One defensive of the gaze is it stops women from being objectified, to say its liberating is wrong - its ultimately controlling.