Enlightenment philosopher Jeremy Bentham famously theorized that, with his Panopticon device, people could be controlled because they would believe they are being observed. In this dystopia, people are rated by peers and are therefore never off, never anonymous, and always observed.
George sees an éclair inside the garbage can, and he decides to eat it when he believes that no one is watching him. He debates with Jerry over whether or not it is actually considered garbage. Jerry contends that it is garbage because it was in the receptable, adjacent to refuse, and partially eaten.