Visible Prisoners

One of the coolest things I learned in school was Michel Foucault’s theory about Panopticon.

Before you get bored and stop reading this post, I can assure you that I won’t make this complicated.

So…wtf is a panopticon?

It’s a building with a tower in the center where a single guard can view all of the inmates in a prison. The inmates cannot see the guard, so they have to assume the guard is there at all times. It was designed so that the inmates would behave like someone was watching.

I’ll admit, many decisions I make on a daily basis are influenced by the fact that people are watching. What to wear, what to say (although sometimes things just come out), and much more. I don’t really know who is watching, but I assume people are.

However, one of my biggest pet peeves is when people do certain activities just to share it on social media.

“smile for Facebook!” 😦 😦 😦

They forget to live for themselves, in the moment. They fear they will become invisible. These visible prisoners are the ones who suffer from FOMO. They feel inadequate.

I see invisibility as a positive thing. It keeps the mystery alive.



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