What is Foucault’s ‘Panopticism’?

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One of the key pieces of the theory surrounding the question of social media influence on surveillance culture is Foucault’s ‘Panopticism’. Panopticism stems from Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon, a form of prison with a tower in the middle and tiers of prison cells in a circular design, which makes it possible to see every prisoner incarcerated within the prison. The key element of the prison is visibility, all the prisoners can be seen, but they cannot communicate with the guards or any of the other prisoners. The prisoners do...
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