Resources / Gilles Deleuze, “Postscript on Societies of Control” (1990)

May 1, 1990

These are the societies of control, which are in the process of replacing disciplinary societies. “Control” is the name Burroughs proposes as a term for the new monster, one that Foucault recognizes as our immediate future. Paul Virilio also is continually analyzing the ultrarapid forms of free-floating control that replaced the old disciplines operating in the time frame of a closed system. … There is no need to fear or hope, but only to look for new weapons.”


Originally published in L’Autre Journal 1 (May 1990), this essay is derived from discussions during the Foucault seminar, notably sessions 18 and 19 (April 8 & 15, 1986). The essay is reprinted in Pourparlers (Paris: Minuit, 1990), then translated in the journal OCTOBER 59 (Winter 1992), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 3-7, and finally included in Negotiations, trans. Martin Joughin (New York: Columbia University Press, 1995), pp. 177-182.


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