Just when we thought we were lucky having not been indoctrinated into the Disney ideology, a sudden realization makes us look around and assess if we are really free, uncontrolled citizens. Janet Wasko tells us about how Disney employees get pixie dusted in the “two-day course called ‘Traditions’” (Wasko), but we as citizens of a country have also been through the same baptismal of fire. Ever since we were born, a confluence of factors joined hands in indoctrinating us into the kind of culture we have as of the moment.
As Americans, we were made to believe in the constitution and the ideals of the people of the United States of America (i. e. freedom and democracy). This firm belief makes us denounce acts that go against tour formed beliefs—such as proclaiming war against Iraq for their terrorist activities. In the Disney theme parks, there are “foxes” and “shoppers” who were instructed to go around and anonymously watch over the employees. In the real world, we have the FBI and the CIA watching people everyday in an attempt to curb and deter criminality.
They know us, while we, on the far end of the spectrum, neither see nor know them. We are constantly being monitored through Close Circuit TV cameras and officers in civilian uniforms. This is what Michael Foucault discussed in his book Discipline and Punish; the government acts like the supervisor in Bentham’s Panopticon where “in the peripheric ring, one is totally seen, without ever seeing; in the central tower, one sees everything without ever being seen.
” (Foucault) And the end effect is instilling in our minds the fear of the unknown forces that monitor our activities. While feeling powerless, we also submit ourselves and follow the government’s guidelines like how Disney employees follow the rigid bureaucratic system of their employer. Bibliography Foucault, Michael. Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison. New York: Vintage Books, 1995. Wasko, Janet. “Corporate Disney in Action. ” Guins, Raiford. Popular Culture. London: Sage Publications, 2005. 184-194.