Numbers and Control

To continue my initial look at Deleuze:

In the carceral enclosed sporting space, what is primarily being measured by the networked database architecture is not the athlete but the sport space itself, or at least the relations between bodies within said space.

The control mechanism described by Deleuze is more fluid and continuous, but only because the technical apparatus facilitating the control has penetrated the body, marking each athlete with a primary key and rendering vestigial the number on the extended athletic skin of the jersey.

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