Computers and the Superfold

Alexander R. Galloway

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Could it be that Deleuze’s most lasting legacy will lie in his ‘Postscript on Control Societies’, a mere 2,300-word essay from 1990? While he discussed computers and new media infrequently, Deleuze admittedly made contributions to the contemporary discourse on computing, cybernetics and networks, particularly in his late work. From the concepts of the rhizome and the virtual, to his occasional interjections on the digital versus the analogue, there is a case to be made that the late Deleuze has not only influenced today’s discourse on new media but also proposes an original set of arguments about society and politics at the turn of the new millennium. Focusing on the ‘Postscript on Control Societies’ and a handful of texts that surround it, we will reconstruct an image of what it means to live in the information age. This will have consequences for how we define the digital and the analogue, what the computer means, and ultimately provide some insight into one of the more elusive terms in all of Deleuze, the superfold.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)513-528
Number of pages16
JournalDeleuze and Guattari Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • capitalism
  • computer
  • control
  • digital
  • information age
  • superfold

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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