“Our society is not one of spectacle, but of surveillance; under the surface of images, one invests bodies in depth; behind the great abstraction of exchange, there continues the meticulous concrete training of useful forces; the circuits of communication are the supports of an accumulation and a centralization of knowledge; the play of signs defines the anchorages of power; it is not that the beautiful totality of the individual is amputated, repressed, altered by our social order, it is rather that the individual is carefully fabricated in it, according to a whole technique of forces and bodies. (pp.333-34)”
In the essay, Panopticism, by Michel Focault, he makes the argument that we live in a society of “surveillance”. Meaning that our society is based on amalgamation of “forces and bodies” all of which act to create the individual. It is principally this surveillance which forms the basis of power that draws the individual to bel...