Twin Strategies of Control

I have suggested that surveillance and spectacle work together as if a moebius band in the control society, using the same technologies in different ways to achieve their goals. But what of the relationship between production and consumption?

Foucault suggested that surveillance allows for maximum (productive) economic efficiency and minimum political insubordination. But if you take Baudrillard's perspective that consumption is the true lever of society (setting aside for a moment D+G's assertion that "all production produces production"), then one might counter that spectacle allows for maximum (consumptive) economic efficiency and minimum political insubordination.

The difference in these two attempts to minimize political insubordination is that surveillance works by partitioning and individualizing such that seditious elements are unable to mass together for action. The disciplinary space of surveillance still exists in the control society, but only as discrete moments in otherwise topological architectural forms. Spectacle, on the other hand, actually functions best with the "crisis of enclosure" as it encourages a particular form of contagion by letting the crowd or swarm — or target market for that matter — do the work of normalization through discourse.

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