[dropcap background=”yes” color=”#333333″ size=”50px”]T[/dropcap]he revolution will be Instagrammed. Think of your life as a selfmade docuseries, but without an on-camera intervention involving Oprah driving to your mom’s house to convince you to take part. In the future, we’ll all be the Lindsay Lohans and the Oprahs of our life documentary, starring and producing how our days will be archived. Digital photography, smartphones and insatiable social media are slowly but surely leading us to full-blown participatory panopticon: the act of willful, all-seeing digital preservation.
Futurists first coined the term, participatory panopticon, in 2005, only one short year after the introduction of YouTube.
Futurist Jamais Cascio explains how we got here:
[blockquote source=””]You may not be aware of it, but the cameraphone in your pocket is the harbinger of a massive social transformation, one already underway. This transformation could be at least as big as the ones triggered by television and by computers, as the base technology — mobile phones — fills a new niche, different from both of these earlier technologies. TV is a passive reception medium; computers are an active engagement medium. Mobile phones can be thought of as a passive engagement medium, available for connections and interaction without requiring user attention.[/blockquote]
But what will happen once our smartphones remain on active mode 24/7, capturing an endless stream of images, sounds and locations? Well, we’ll first have to invent a battery that doesn’t require recharging every four hours.