Anyone who has acquaintance with French philosopher Michael Foucault’s concept of the Panopticon and the “panoptic society” may see parallels (though, given the date, probably only coincidental) in O.B.I.T., about a Defense Department employee who disappears and triggers a government investigation.
A U.S. Senator is dispatched to the government research facility where the disappearance occurred, only to be confronted by stonewalling, deception, and a culture of paranoia and fear. The reason for all this is a machine known as the Outer Band Individuated Teletracer (O.B.I.T.) that is able to tune in on anyone, anywhere, at any time and observe them without their knowledge. The machine is actually an alien device, smuggled in by Dr. Lomax, who is the vanguard of a future alien invasion.
Focault parallels aside, there is plenty of food for thought here for conservatives regarding the effect of attempts at pervasive social control, both by the state and by powerful cultural groups who gain dominance within the institutions of society. The effects O.B.I.T. has on the objects of its scrutiny, are, in Dr. Lomax’ own words, chillingly similar to those intended by the purveyors of political correctness. The purpose, according to Lomax is to “demoralize you, break your spirits, create such rifts and tensions in your society that no one will be able to repair them!”