Bianka’s Discipline and Punish Final Blog


In this blog post I will choose to talk about surveillance and discipline. The definition of surveillance as told by the Cambridge dictionary is the act of watching a person or place especially a person believed to be involved with criminal activity.(“Surveillance Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary.” ) The definition of discipline is “The practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior , using punishment to correct disobedience”. Both of these topics serve a purpose in non verbal communications. There are several examples of how these are used. The three concepts that I will be discussing are propaganda, visual rhetoric, and interpersonal communication. 



Propaganda is a type of non verbal communication used to push and persuade others into a certain way of actions. According to Macmillan dictionary, propaganda is information that is usually false that a government or organization uses to influence peoples opinions and beliefs.(“Propaganda American English Definition and Synonyms | Macmillan Dictionary.”) We usually see propaganda through the news channels or posters hung throughout different places in the world. Surveillance is used to control propaganda, when the government is trying to influence the people with their ideas and beliefs that begin to surveillance and look over the population. For example, with ISIS the government has been giving out false information to try and scare the people of the united states into believing these falsely given out information.(Shane, Scott. “ISIS”)So the government has begun watching over everyones every move looking for any indication of criminal activity. Discipline is also used while applying propaganda. The goal while using propaganda to persuade someone is to get them to agree with your opinions whether the information that you have given them is true or false. Sometimes when the propaganda is not applied them discipline is used. Along with the ISIS example, if a person is not complying with the government and going against their actions and are found in criminal activity then they will be thrown in prison, jailed, or fine.

Visual Rhetoric:

Visual rhetoric is found in both surveillance and discipline. There are hundreds of visual rhetorics that can be applied to these two, surveillance and discipline.An example of visual rhetoric that can be applied to both is the no smoking campaign. This campaign was founded with intents of persuading smokers to st75fe9d20170963-56041fb361dacop smoking and non smokers to not ever begin smoking.(“Campaign Overview.” ) Surveillance is used in this visual rhetoric by the campaign being able to track the sales of the purchase of tobacco products. The campaign can over look the these purchases to plan out the posters or other uses of media to persuade smokers to quit. Discipline is used in the visual rhetoric of smoking by either jailing and fining underage smokers or in a way showing the commercials of what you actually give up when smoking a cigarette or using a tobacco product. They try and put these rules and actions in your head to get you to quit smoking.

Interpersonal Communication:

Interpersonal communication is a type of communication used to communicate a persons feelings, ideas, and emotions face to face with another person.(“Interpersonal Communication.” ) Both Surveillance and discipline can be applied to interpersonal communication. The skills of interpersonal communication can include body language witch ties in with surveillance. While watching over a person’s body language you can survey them and watch what exactly their next moves are.(“Interpersonal Communication Skills.” ) On a surveillance tape you can start to tell if someone is acting suspicious through their body language and determine if that person is going to steal or commit a crime. Discipline is used in interpersonal communication by the aspect of eye contact. Eye contact is a vital non verbal communication used when disciplining someone. If a higher up figure like a police officer is disciplining you for a speeding ticket it is expected that you make eye contact while the officer is addressing this offence. Another example is if your parents are grounding you or yelling at you, some parents are very strict about making eye contact with them. It is shown as a sign of disrespect to them like you are ignoring what they are saying. But not in all places in the world is eye contact used as a sign of respect.

Works Cited:

“Surveillance Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary.” Surveillance Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2016.

“Propaganda American English Definition and Synonyms | Macmillan Dictionary.” Propaganda American English Definition and Synonyms | Macmillan Dictionary. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2016.

“Campaign Overview.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23 Mar. 2016. Web. 13 Dec. 2016.

“Interpersonal Communication.” Communication Theory. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2016.

“Interpersonal Communication Skills.” Interpersonal Communication Skills | Businesstopia. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2016.

Shane, Scott. “ISIS Media Output Drops as Military Pressure Rises, Report Says.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 11 Oct. 2016. Web. 13 Dec. 2016.


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