115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Visibility is a Trap? Dimensions of Surveillance and Its Effects on Culture Today

Andrea Gogrof, Western Washington University

Within the context of today’s fluid, unsettling culture, this paper traces the connection between modernity and surveillance as articulated by Foucault, Deleuze, and Baudrillard and reflected in the literary works of George Orwell, Dave Eggers, and Michel Houellebecq. Delineating the shift from a solid, disciplinary but still overseeable stage of the panoptic kind of surveillance to a fluid, all pervasive and thus more insidious and liquid kind, I seek for glimpses of lightness in what Jonathan Crary calls “the unsparing weight of our global present.”


Within the context of the fluidity of our culture today, this paper presents a critique of the connection between modernity and surveillance in contemporary critical theory, literature and other media. Examining the shift from a panoptic kind of surveillance (and modernity) to a liquid kind, this paper shows dimensions that offer alternative vistas to dark narratives.