Control and Becoming

“We’re moving toward control societies that no longer operate by confining people but through continuous control and instant communication…One can of course see how each kind of society corresponds to a particular kind of machine—with simple mechanical machines corresponding to sovereign societies, thermodynamic machines to disciplinary societies, cybernetic machines and computers to control societies. But the machines don’t explain anything, you have to analyze the collective arrangements of which the machines are just one component.”

— Gilles Deleuze, “Control and Becoming” in Negotiations (1990): 174f.

Deleuze

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