Professor Says Elf On The Shelf Is Preparing Your Child To Live In A Dystopian Police State

December 18, 2014 7:03 PM

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Philosopher and cultural theorist Michel Foucault warned of a future in which society is under constant surveillance. Using the "panopticon" -- a model prison surveillance system designed by 18th century political philosopher Jeremy Bentham -- as a symbol of modern societies in which surveillance is used as a form of disciplinary control.

That future may be here, in the form of a sprightly little elf telling children that they better not pout and they better not cry, because Santa is coming to town -- and his little helpers are always watching.

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