Essay on We Are Big Brother's Reality Television Star

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Today, the American people are obsessed with reality television. Television shows such as, So You Think You Can Dance and The Bachelorette are just two examples of the fifteen reality or unscripted shows that placed on the Top 20 Highest Rated Television Programs in 2010 (Carter). What Americans fail to realize is they too are the stars of their own reality television show. Although their actions are not being broadcasted to the rest of the country, American citizens are still being monitored by the government through wire taps, GPS locators and cameras. These are just a few examples of ways the American government is beginning to introduce Michel Foucault’s idea of a utopia, called the Panopticon, into modern day American society. …show more content…
They eventually are able to expose the corrupt bill which in turn is not passed by the legislature. The corrupt ways that the National Security Agency conducted their surveillance is a prime example of Foucault’s Panopticon. When the National Security Agency chose to place wire taps into Robert Dean’s home illegally, they exemplified Foucault’s panoptic model. The wire taps used by the National Security Agency are prime examples of Foucault’s “instrument of permanent, exhaustive, omnipresent surveillance” (386). Furthermore, by the National Security Agency exercising the use of these instruments they are “capable of making all visible, as long as it could itself remain invisible” (386-387). This illegal surveillance is just one way they exercise Foucault’s Panopticon. Moreover, when the National Security Agency continues to punish Dean by convicting him of the murder of Hammersley they are exercising Foucault’s Panopticon by ‘[undermining] the limits that are traced around the law” (394). Enemy of the State excels at showing how the government can manipulate the law to suit their needs.
Enemy of the State accurately portrays how the government surveillance functions in modern American society. The government is able to watch any given individual at any given time without the individual being aware they are being watched. Although Enemy of the State does to a certain extent demonstrate this, it does

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