It's a cliche in context -- like posting the Ben Franklin security quote and thinking you're clever or insightful.
Just imagine a Letterman style 'Man in the Street' interview...
Is that Slashdot's target audience?
Aahh, a Swiftian proposal - that's certainly a cliche if panopticon is
Yes, but it's less annoying because you seem to be able to communicate an idea without it.
Or is this about reassuring the hoi-polloi that you move in such elite intillectual circles that you do, in fact, hear such referrences near daily? I'm not sure whether to envy or pity you if that's true.
About every third article on the internet that features the loss of privacy contains the word "panopticon". And whenever the article doesn't, someone will use it in the comments, thinking they're clever. If you don't see it an annoying number of times (it's especially annoying because it's a silly exaggeration when applied to any non-fictional place or situation), then you don't read many internet articles on privacy.
If you use the word "panopticon", the message you've succeeded in communicating is "I learned a new word!". It not a very compelling message.