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Foucault, The Panopticon, and 'Love Island'

By Megan Byrom - HSPS Student @ Queens' College, Cambridge


Reality television has cemented itself as a norm in popular culture. With its rise in the early 2000s with shows such as Big Brother, the shock of 24/7 surveillance and the intimacies of such viewership have been reinterpreted across channels and the world. From Geordie Shore to Love island, reality TV continually draws its audiences in by making them voyeurs on the extremes of human emotion. Despite claims of declining moral standards, exploitation and Orwellianism, one thing is for certain, whether we wish to admit it or not, we continue to tune in to reality television.