CS213 Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: Oliver Selfridge, Adam Curtis, Gilles Deleuze

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Week Eight - Critical Engagements, Post Secondary Control Technologies:
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- Curtis, Adam “The Trap A Molecular Theory of Society”
- Profound claim to regulate society in a new freedom
- Going to bring down old hierarchal structures to be liberatory and free
- In actuality, we become less free as a result, we have reinforced original hierarchies, the
privileged are even more privileged
- Freedom was to be brought about by bringing a new regulation of society
- A system of government, collectively involved in our management
Oliver Selfridge:
- 1959
- Proposes a new paradigm for learning (Pandemonium)
- New kind of architecture
- Pandemonium based on Mill’s ideology of the fall of satan
- Systems of simple tasks with specified actors
- Image Demons, Feature Demons, Cognitive Demons, and Decision Demons
- Organization capable of learning
Societies of Control:
- Post disciplinary regimes
- Intensify and define ideologies by Foucault
- “Organization of vast spaces of enclosure. The individual never ceases passing from one
closed environment to another, each having its own laws: first, the family; school, barrack,
factory, hospital, prison and the preeminent instance of the enclosed environment.”
- The rise of disciplinary society was marked by the emergence of an architecture of
individuation or what Deleuze describes as a system of enclosures
- Based on a system of ordering/knowing
- Everything is individuated, an enclosure made up of smaller enclosures
Prisons:
- Serve as analytical model
- Focuses on an individual
Barracks:
- Reformed as well
- Thought to be able to produce good housing
- Become more lineated, and separated, eating quarters, sleeping quarters, etc
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Week eight - critical engagements, post secondary control technologies: Curtis, adam the trap a molecular theory of society . Profound claim to regulate society in a new freedom. Going to bring down old hierarchal structures to be liberatory and free. In actuality, we become less free as a result, we have reinforced original hierarchies, the privileged are even more privileged. Freedom was to be brought about by bringing a new regulation of society. A system of government, collectively involved in our management. Proposes a new paradigm for learning (pandemonium) Pandemonium based on mill"s ideology of the fall of satan. Systems of simple tasks with specified actors. Image demons, feature demons, cognitive demons, and decision demons. The individual never ceases passing from one closed environment to another, each having its own laws: first, the family; school, barrack, factory, hospital, prison and the preeminent instance of the enclosed environment.

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