Membership in the Control Society

As if to underscore my contention that the jersey number has become obsolete as an administrative solution in favour of the database primary key identifier, SportsFilter now personalizes a member's account profile page with a jersey featuring one's database ID number.

Resample: "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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  1. sportsBabel » Numerical Blackface? says:

    [...] The uniform is the protective and symbolic skin of baseball, while its numbering number serves as a marker of [...]