Deleuze’s Postscript on the Societies of Control (Video)

Liquid Theory TV is a collaboration between Clare Birchall, Gary Hall and Peter Woodbridge designed to develop a series of programmes which use computer networks to deliver ideas using audio-visual technologies. This episode in the series takes as its focus Gilles Deleuze’s short essay entitled Postscript on the Societies of Control. The video above and the eBook below originally reside here… Further episodes can be found here

“The idea behind the Liquid Theory TV project is to experiment with digital media’s potential for providing new ways of communicating intellectual ideas, easily and cheaply, both inside and outside of the university. The project aims at exploring the potential for different effectivities that different forms of communication have – to the extent of perhaps even leading us to conceive of what we do as academics, writers, artists, media theorists and philosophers differently.”

“While this episode is being made available for the first time in an issue of Culture Machine which has the theme of creative media; and while Liquid Theory TV could be described as a creative project to the extent that it is concerned with producing alternative, or counter-desires to those currently dominant within much of society, a desire for philosophy or more broadly theory, this does not mean that either the series, or this particular episode, should be regarded simply as an attempt to perform Deleuze’s philosophy. The critical and interpretive aspects of scholarly work remain important here, even if they are being undertaken in a medium very different to the traditional academic journal article or a printed book.”


New Cultural Studies: The Liquid Theory Reader


Liquid Theory TV: Video Introduction

Gary Hall, Clare Birchall, Pete Woodbridge, Paul Allender

Introduction to Version 1.0

Gary Hall and Clare Birchall

The idea for New Cultural Studies: The Liquid Theory Reader came about as a result of a suggestion from a publisher that we might like to produce a follow-up to our 2006 print-on-paper edited collection, New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory. This follow-up was to consist of a reader gathering together and making easily accessible a number of important texts by some of the theorists discussed in our earlier volume: Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Friedrich Kittler, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Slavoj Žižek and so on. While we could see that such a reader might have a certain usefulness, it seemed to us that to turn the idea of ‘new cultural studies’ into some fixed and stable concept or brand like this would be to miss the point of what we and our fellow contributors were trying to achieve with that book. It felt like it would be out of keeping with the spirit of New Cultural Studies, its commitment to a performative cultural studies, and emphasis on the need for cultural studies to experiment with creating events and new forms of practice, action and organisation. So we have decided to put together what we are calling a ‘liquid book’ instead… (read more here).

New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory (Some Comments, Clarifications, Explanations, Observations, Recommendations, Remarks, Statements and Suggestions)

Gary Hall and Clare Birchall

The editors would like to use this space, traditionally reserved for what is known as the ‘Introduction’, to draw your attention to one or two things worth bearing in mind while reading this book. First and foremost, we would like to begin by apologising to some of our readers for, in effect, pointing out the shark fin of theory just when you were beginning to think it was safe to go back into the surf of cultural debate… (read more here).

Part 1    New Adventures in Theory

Deconstruction [More]

Deconstruction and the ‘Eccentric Circle’

Jacques Derrida


Totality and Infinity

Emmanuel Levinas

German Media Theory

Introduction, Gramophone, Film, Typewriter

Friedrich Kittler [More]

Italian Political Theory

From Capital Labour to Capital Life

Maurizio Lazzarato [More]

Actor Network Theory

Actor Network Theory

Martin Ryder

Part 2    New Theorists


Postscript on the Societies of Control

Gilles Deleuze

deleuze yellow vests


The State of Emergency

Giorgio Agamben


The Experience of Freedom

Jean-Luc Nancy


Democracy, Politics and Philosophy

Alain Badiou


With Defenders Like These, Who Needs Attackers?

Slavoj Zizek


Damned to Expertocracy: The End of Democracy?

Peter Sloterdijk

Part 3    New Transformations


Excerpt from the Introduction to On the Political

Chantal Mouffe 

Anti-Capitalism/The Global Justice Movement

Porto Alegre: Today’s Bandung?

Michael Hardt

Open Source

Open-Source: A Movement in Search of a Philosophy

Manuel de Landa

New Media

Flickering Connectivities in Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl: The Importance of Media-Specific Analysis

N. Katherine Hayles


Order Out of Chaos: Man’s Dialogue with Nature

Ilya Prigogine and Isabelle Stengers

Biopolitics [More]

Biopolitics and Connective Mutation


Part 4    New Adventures in Cultural Studies



Rem Koolhaas [More]

Cartographies [More]


Counter-Cartographies Collective 

The University [More]


edu-factory collective

The Book

The Institute for the Future of the Book

The Institute for the Future of the Book

Transparency and Secrecy

Before and Beyond WikiLeaks

Shuffle Liquid Books

Open Humanities Press


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