The panaptacon has permeated my thoughts for the past few days. I've been considering the link between panopticism and technology. The surveillance inherent with web use is not quite comparable to panaptacon surveillance used as a means of keeping a certain community of people, prison, schoolchildren, workers under a watchful eye. While the community forced under the panapticon's gaze is unwilling, those within the web's gaze are very willing. I've seen myspace profile pics of women flashing their boobs to the entire world, women in thong underwear or not in any underwear at all, an international full moon ya'll:) Prolific partial or full nude pictures, willingly, for anyone with web access to see.
While a theoretical woman within the construct of the panaptacon may have been gazed upon in full or partial nudity, it would have been both unwilling and not a worldwide gaze, but only the keeper within the panapticon. That is how I see the relationship between the panapticon and internet as vehicles of surveillance.
Peace & Salmon Grease --J