Back in the Foucault episode, the PEL gentlemen and guest Katie McIntyre explored the concept of the panopticon. Their discussion stuck pretty closely to Foucault’s text, and current day surveillance only came up briefly, but we heard plenty about it throughout the rest of 2013. There’s the ongoing NSA saga, the encroaching “internet of things”(for your panopticondo?), new smart apparel for formerly private parts, free panopticondoms (a Trojan horse? Ok, I’ll stop). It seems like a good time to think back to this part of Foucault’s work, and David Lyon and Zygmunt Bauman have done just that in a recently published correspondence. A large part of their conversation is specifically devoted to looking for panopticism in the current surveillance landscape.