SOC119-Mom is the Panopticon: Modern Day Surveillance


Triggered by the U.S. senate reauthorizing section 702 of the FISA act, our conversation this week focuses on privacy and surveillance. With the internet, social media, and all of our new technology, do we have privacy anymore? We start the episode off talking about the classic sociological concept of Jeremy Bentham’s ‘Panopticon’. We also discuss the various ways (and reasons why) our government surveils us, how we tie morality in with privacy, and the consequences of doxxing and revenge porn. Tune in to hear how everyone is watching you!


You can find the transcript for this episode here. Thank you so so much to Elena Milusheva for transcribing this episode! We heart you!


surveillance, panopticon, privacy, modern technology


  1. Senate passes FISA Section 702 reauthorization (CNN)
  2. House Extends Surveillance Law, Rejecting New Privacy Safeguards (NY Times)
  3. What does the panopticon mean in the age of digital surveillance?
  4. Michel Foucault’s Discipline & Punish (1975) chapter on Panopticism
  5. The 10 Biggest Revelations From Edward Snowden’s Leaks
  6. Julia Angwin’s Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance
  7. Chapter 1 of Dragnet Nation
  8. ‘Dragnet Nation’ looks at the hidden systems that are always looking at you
  9. How ‘Doxxing’ Became a Mainstream Tool in the Culture Wars
  10. Revenge porn: the cyberwar against women
  11. Chrissy Chambers: Revenge porn almost killed me
  12. YouTuber wins damages in landmark UK revenge porn case
  13. Third person linked to 2014 iCloud hack that exposed explicit images of dozens of celebrities
  14. 143 million compromised Social Security numbers: everything you need to know about the Equifax hack
  15. ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Online Could Spread
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