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Sunday, March 03, 2013

panoptic

\pan-OP-tik\ , adjective;
1.
permitting the viewing of all parts or elements: a panoptic stain used in microscopy; a panoptic aerial photograph of an enemy missile base.
2.
considering all parts or elements; all inclusive: a panoptic criticism of modern poetry.
Quotes:
Thus, the technical writing embodied in these reports enabled panoptic surveillance, comparisons of operations to standards, corrections, rewards, efficient operations, the accumulation of capital, and the betterment of the human condition.
-- Bernadette Longo, Spurious Coin, 2000
…the panoptic metaphor of photography as a surveillance technology doesn't hold.
-- George Robertson, FutureNatural, 1996
Origin:
First used in English in the early 1800s, panoptic comes from the Greek panoptos, which literally means "all-seeing."
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