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Teletechnology And Internal Dialogue

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This chapter shows that Mead presents the mind in a paradoxical manner, manifesting in the form of constraint and openness, or what is termed, "self-regulation" and "self-control". It proposes an expansion of Mead's ideas that incorporates Mills' notion of the "cultural apparatus" and Foucault's notion of "panoptic surveillance". The chapter introduces and develops two new concepts that reflect these additions: the panoptic idol and the cosmetic panopticism. It is divided into two broad sections. The first describes Mead's account of the internal dialogue and its components. The second applies this theory of mind and thinking to contemporary social issues and theoretical quandaries to illustrate the potential for theoretical growth. To summarize, the chapter proposes that the teletechnology amplifies the self-regulating power of institutional authorities in the internal dialogue through the panoptic idol-a media saturated generalized other.

Keywords: cosmetic panopticism; internal dialogue; Mead; self-control; self-regulation; teletechnology



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