Simondon, Control and the Digital Domain

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Abstract

Deleuze put forth a description of fluid control in computerized society in his text ‘Postscript on Control Societies’. With the help of the philosophy of Gilbert Simondon, we can broaden and complexify this view and understand digital systems through the concept of modulation. These modulatory systems intervene in human individuation by controlling individuals as ‘dividuals’. In contemporary digital technologies, like blockchain platforms, the modulatory dividual control can be fierce and even total. Simondon’s concepts of pre-individual, individuation, and transindividuation present us with an ontology for this contemporary mode of control and enable us to better understand the complex relations between the being of humans and technical networks.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTheory, Culture & Society
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Nov 2023
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Simondon
  • digital
  • dividual
  • technology
  • information
  • control
  • blockchain
  • individuation
  • pre-individual
  • modulation
  • control society

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  • Publication forum level 2

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