What is Panoptics?

What is Panoptics?

Adj. 1. panoptical - including everything visible in one view; "a panoptic aerial photograph of the missile base"; "a panoptic stain used in microscopy"

What is panopticon in sociology?

The panopticon is a disciplinary concept brought to life in the form of a central observation tower placed within a circle of prison cells. From the tower, a guard can see every cell and inmate but the inmates can't see into the tower. Prisoners will never know whether or not they are being watched.

Is Panopticon a real word?

The word panopticon derives from the Greek word for "all seeing" – panoptes. In 1785, Jeremy Bentham, an English social reformer and founder of utilitarianism, travelled to Krichev in White Russia (modern Belarus) to visit his brother, Samuel, who accompanied Prince Potemkin.

What is panopticon in literature?

The panopticon is a metaphor for being observed by a larger entity: God, government, etc. Interestingly enough, our role as the observed and the observer fluctuates based on the power we have in regards to other people.

Do we still live in a panoptic society?

While surveillance practices are less visible than the panoptic prison tower, their reach and control culminate in a far more effective means of surveillance. ... In doing so, contemporary surveillance has become accepted. To conclude, we unquestionably live in a post-panoptic society.