The Pill

The Pill

Deleuze, Postscript on the Societies of Control:

"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 invoke the extraordinary pharmaceutical productions, the molecular engineering, the genetic manipulations, although these are slated to enter the new process. There is no need to ask which is the toughest regime, for it's within each of them that liberating and enslaving forces confront one another. … There is no need to fear or hope, but only to look for new weapons."

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a reminder: street poets refer to a basketball as "the pill".

A Springtime Love Letter to RECL 4P21


Don't wait to be told what to do, how to share information, how to think!

Thank you for the invitation, but I shall decline. Too much surveillance already, no? ;)

Good work. You're getting it.


societies, societas?

disciplinary societies : docile bodies

societies of control : docile identities (which includes docile bodies)



[Aside] A thesis: It takes greater discipline of thought to write theory with brevity, as with, for example, the blog post, aphorism or status update. With these constraints in place, the act of communicating itself is more presently at stake. The downfall of the traditional academy will be bound in no small part with its failure to respond adequately to this emerging reality of the electric age, its failure to understand the very act of communicating itself. Crepuscular dawn.

(Having a Daft Punk kind of afternoon. See "Short Circuit" from the Discovery album for further information.)


Emergence of the Switch

Ithaca poster

"It may seem odd to insist that a relation has an ontological status separate from the terms of the relation. But, as the work of Gilles Deleuze repeatedly emphasizes, it is in fact an indispensable step toward conceptualizing change as anything more or other than a negation, deviation, rupture, or subversion" (Brian Massumi, Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation, p.70).

Barb - Ithaca

(congratulations to barb fornssler on her successful introduction to the academic conference circuit)

Identity: Skin and Flesh

How precious the ability to transition fluidly between multiple identities, particularly living in a society that says we can have only one? We may try on others like well-made Armani suits when we play sports videogames, for example, or manage fantasy sports teams or wear authentic replica jerseys to the stadium. But these are tightly manufactured identities that generally remain within a constellation of corporate consumer control.

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"You know, the difference between you and me is that you look at a skin and see what's inside. I look at a skin and see what's outside."

"Um, you do realize you're talking to the mirror?"

"Sure, but it's really not just a mirror. Sean says it's more like a two-way mirror, or a video screen crossed with a mirror — simultaneously both-and. We see ourselves reflected in it but we can also be seen by everyone else. And the thing is, we all know what's behind the looking-glass."

"Still looks like a mirror to me."

"Quiet, you."

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This identity constellation of corporate consumer control is marked by its architecture and interface, and it obscures its bodily remainders in the process. In navigating multiple identities, on the other hand, one explicitly acknowledges the remainders, indeed embraces them. The former is an administered, metered and exchanged passage into the skin, while the latter offers a contingent and outward invitation of the flesh.

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Sean Smith earned an MBA from the University of Alberta’s International Institute for the Study of Sport Management and is currently a doctoral candidate in the PhD program in Media and Communications at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Prior to that, he served on faculty for two years in the Sport Management program at Acadia University, after earning a BKin (Sport Management) only three months earlier. His colleagues would describe him as an innovative team leader who diplomatically handles diverse individuals and situations, and who uses technology effectively for research and communications. Research focus: Critical inquiry at the nexus of international sport, technology, politics and the body.

Smithers was a basketball player and assistant coach at Acadia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Kinesiology in Sport Management. His colleagues would describe him as a team leader and he is a sometime contributor to the SportsFilter community.

sportsbabel is an artist and critical sport theorist living … … …

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(special thanks to icarus, purple, pia fuchs and the switch)