Deleuze and New Technology (Deleuze Connections EUP)

Deleuze and New Technology (Deleuze Connections EUP)

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0748633383

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Explores how Deleuze's philosophy can help us to understand our digital and biotechnological futuresIn a world where our lives are increasingly mediated by technologies, we need to pay more attention to Deleuze's often explicit focus on our reliance on the machine and the technological. These essays are a collective and determined effort to explore the usefulness Deleuze in thinking about our present and future reliance on technology. At the same time, they take seriously a style of thinking that negotiates between philosophy, science and art.ContributorsWilliam Bogard, Abigail Bray, Ian Buchanan, Verena Conley, Ian Cook, Tauel Harper, Timothy Murray, Saul Newman, Luciana Parisi, Patricia Pisters, Mark Poster, Horst Ruthrof, David Savat, Bent Meier Sørensen and Eugene Thacker.


















socie­ ties, capital takes a code of enclosure originally designed for prisons and adapts it to factories, schools, homes and other sites of production. The code of enclosure in disciplinary societies is the panoptic formula of 'seeing without being seen' (Deleuze 1 9 8 8 : 32). It encapsulates the control of visibility that Foucault describes in such detail in Discipline and Punish and formulates a method for the production of individuals (Foucault 1979: 1 9 8-9) . In control societies, capital

aspects of electronic media? Are rhizomes and the nomadic war machine that Deleuze and Guattari encounter in the late 1960s, in the context of theoretical revolutions and a generalised becoming-minoritarian, still productive in today's military-informational smooth space? Can we use them to analyse today's digital societies where, after the sea and the air, capitalism has appropriated information to create false smooth spaces in order to control the circulation of people and of goods? Numerous

state of things in a society of control is neither better nor worse when he writes: 'It's not a question of asking whether the old or new system is harsher or more bearable, because there's a conflict in each between the ways they free and enslave us' (Deleuze 1 995: 1 7 8 ) . In spite of the binary digit that leads to centres 40 Deleuze and New Technology and hierarchies, the philosopher and the analyst continue to assert that it is not the new media themselves but the use to which they are

societies 'nothing is wasted, everything is recycled'. In this context, the negative side-effects of chemical control, the accidental symptoms of an inefficient dose, are recycled in order to produce improved drugs: the chemical side-effect is recycled in order to refine the future control of affects. Every economy of chemical control produces a multiplicity of unexpected and unpredictable side-effects which are ter­ ritorialised as resources for new forms of chemical control. But there are other

the qualifier that such organisations are somehow 'living' in a way that is, arguably, different from the 'life' of any individual unit. On the one hand the anti-reductionism of complexity research argues that you will not find the key to the 'life' of the ant colony in any one of the individual organisms that compose it. On the other hand, this critical move has had the effect of placing the question of 'life' in a sort of no man's land of the ineffable, a non-site that can only be approached

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