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The plague and the Panopticon: Camus, with and against the total critiques of modernity

Albert Camus’s 1947 novel La Peste and 1948 drama L’E´tat de Sie`ge, allegories of totalitarian power using the figure of the plague (Part I), remarkably anticipate Foucault’s celebrated genealogical analyses of modern power (Part II). Indeed, reading Foucault after Camus highlights a fact … Continue reading

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The Panopticon Factor: Privacy and Surveillance in the Digital Age

This paper questions the use of new technologies as tools of modern surveillance in order to: (a) advance the research done by Michel Foucault on panoptic techniques of surveillance and dominance; and (b) give new insights on the way we … Continue reading

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A Diagram of Panoptic Surveillance

This article critiques a number of recent attempts to outline a contemporary theory of panoptic surveillance. It argues that an updated Foucaultian thesis must take into consideration the decentered and networked aspects of information technologies in an attempt to explain … Continue reading

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