What’s on your mind? Facebook, voluntary surveillance, and the global panopticon « The Socjournal

Tell us, “what’s on your mind today”

In 1948 George Orwell wrote the novel 1984, a novel about a dystopian future society where total control of thought and action was the name of the game. A docile worker population, a subdued under class, and constant and uninterrupted war meant total submission to The System. The whole thing hinged on thought control and the elimination of thought crime. According to George there were a number of ways thoughts could be controlled, from the ongoing revision of history and reality to the surveillance of the population. The goal was to use “psychology [and] surveillance to find and eliminate members of society who are capable of the mere thought of challenging ruling authority.” (ref)

So, “what’s on your mind?”

Share with us.

Tell us!

What are you thinking today?

Submit to observation!

Don’t want to?

Find that a little creepy, maybe even a little scary?

We understand!

The trick in surveillance and observation, the secret of the Panopticon is, as Jeremy Bentham pointed out, to hide the surveillance from the prisoners (ref).  If you don’t know you’re being watched then, as the saying goes, what’s gonna hurt you.

So, “what’s on your mind today?”

Share with us.

Tell us.

It’s not that we’re observing you, it’s that you are sharing.

Expose yourself to the world and never mind that Google bought Doubleclick and now everything you do online becomes  a permanent record of your life. And never mind the fact that by “using our software” you consent to the transfer of your data to the U.S. of A. and the unlimited “processing” of said data by nobody in particular.  Never mind the fact that is is possible to link every click you make with every online profile you build.

Never mind that every time you login your data is collected, collated, connected, and your path through this life dutifully logged and archived.

Accept our cookies and relax!

No no, don’t turn around.

Don’t look away.

It’s just a social network after all, there’s no such thing as global surveillance and besides, you have nothing to hide, right?

So tell us, “what’s on your mind.”

Share with us your likes and dislikes.

Let us follow you around a bit.

If you listen to subsersive rock and roll, we’d like to know.

If you liked that critical social documentary you saw on Netflix, by all means tell us.

Saccharine and non-threatening entertainment keeps you docile, that’s good!

That’s what we like to see.

So don’t be afraid.

We’re only here to help and we can’t do that unless you tell us, “what’s on your mind today?”

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Posted by Dr. Michael Sosteric on February 17, 2011.

Tags: facebook, panopticon, surveillance

Categories: Columnists, Lead, Michael Sosteric