We love it when other news publications use the made-up word for this blog that is our title and purpose — Panopticonic — and we appreciate it when other powerful writers use our fake work in their print.  In the past, we have spread our love out to Andrew Leonard at Salon.com, and today, we celebrate Lydia DePillis at WashingtonCityPaper.com who took “Panopticonic” delight to print on January 25, 2011.

Here’s our “Panopticonic” quote in context, with emphasis added for clarity:

The problem is–as the story goes on to explain–there is no imminent threat that this would actually happen. The report that Klopott refers to contains one sentence referring to the initiative: “In forthcoming years, HSEMA will begin to integrate other CCTV systems such as the District of Columbia Housing Authority, Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority, CSX Corporation, and local private businesses.” Full stop. A spokeswoman for HSEMA clarified to Klopott that there is no timeline for implementation, “no businesses have been identified for inclusion,” and none of the cameras have panopticonic features like face-recognition software. Far from the sinister scheme that would appear to be in place at first glance.

Here’s that quote in plain a image context, and we’re providing this screenshot because, sometimes, these sort of mentions have a habit of “disappearing” on the web after publication:

Thank you, Washington City Paper for helping us virally spread the Panopticonic meme!

We thought our invented “RelationShaping” word would have been the wildfire invented word of mainstream media choice, but, for some reason, the idea of “How We ReShape Each Other” doesn’t seem to have the immediacy of a cognitive social definition.  Yet.  We’ll be working on finding new ways to embed “RelationShaping” into a powerhouse definition that will have resonance and capacity to influence in the years to come.

Oh, and don’t forget about — “Memeingful” — yes, we made up that word, too, for we fully intend to make that word the next era definition of Richard Dawkins’ awesome “meme” and we do that by defining and creating space for that notion every single day.

Posted by David Boles

David Boles was born in Nebraska and his MFA is from Columbia University in the City of New York. He is an Author, Lyricist, Playwright, Publisher, Editor, Actor, Designer, Director, Poet, Producer, and Boodle Boy for print, radio, television, film, the web and the live stage. With more than 50 books in print, David continues to write 2MM words a year. He has authored over 25K articles and published more. Read the Prairie Voice Archive at Boles.com | Buy his books at David Boles Books Writing & Publishing | Earn the world with David Boles University | Get a script doctored at Script Professor | Touch American Sign Language mastery at Hardcore ASL.


  1. Fantastic news, David. I imagine it must be like seeing your children off to school for the first time. Such a proud moment!



    1. Ha! I don’t think it’s that intense or special, Gordon, in some ways it feels slightly cunning and evil — an Ibsen moment of peeling away the onion layers to find nothing but an empty space:




  2. Lillian Boyington June 19, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Thanks for the explanation anyway. All these fake words were beginning to give me a complex. I like to think I have a pretty good vocabulary, but these beat all.
    So, clarify: Just what does ‘meme’ mean? in your world? or perhaps mine?
    I have heard that term elsewhere, and try as I might, even the context gives me no enlightenment.:/



    1. On our Memeingful blog, we provide a definition of “meme” here:




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