Control Societies and Platform Logic

Williams, A. (2015). Control Societies and Platform Logic. New Formations, 84/85, pp. 209-227. doi: 10.3898/neWf:84/85.10.2015

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Abstract

Deleuze's concept of the control society presciently sketches a world of power as 'universal modulation'. This article investigates the applicability of this understanding of control to today's socio-technical systems. It investigates Deleuze's control society by reference to the philosophy of cybernetics, situating a restrictive interpretation with reference to Norbert Weiner's theory of control systems in animals and machines. We argue that in maintaining a concept of control-as-homeostatic feedback modulation, cybernetic readings tend to ignore the constructive, enabling dimension of control. To remedy this, we analyse a recent concept developed in the field of business studies of information technology: the platform. Extrapolating beyond the existing literature of platform design, we develop a generalised theory of the platform as an alternative model of control, through the concept of generative entrenchment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COMPLEXITY; CONTROL SOCIETY; CYBERNETICS; DELEUZE; GENERATIVE ENTRENCHMENT; PLATFORMS; WIENER; WIMSATT
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/16763

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