AN INTERTEXTUAL ANALYSIS OF BLACK MIRROR : PANOPTICISM REFLECTIONS

Abstract

Author(s): zge BAYRAKTAR ZER

Panopticism, a social theory conceptualized by Foucault, has been readdressed within the scope of surveillance practices with the rise of technology. Black Mirror, a popular science-fiction series, questions the possible (mostly adverse) outcomes of living in a high-tech world in a dystopian atmosphere with a focus on surveillance. Although the anthology series have various unrelated episodes raising concern over different subjects and themes, panoptic surveillance stands out as the recurrent theme throughout the series. In this regard, panopticism can be interpreted as a hypotext which transforms its hypertext, Black Mirror, by means of leaving its traces of surveillance in the series to constitute a general echoed theme rather than being explicitly mentioned and directly brought to the attention of the audience. This study aims to analyse the intertextual relationship between panopticism and Black Mirror as two non-literary texts as well as to discuss how intertextual links are built between the two

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