© 2013

Uncoding the Digital

Technology, Subjectivity and Action in the Control Society


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. David Savat
      Pages 1-9
  3. The Database

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. David Savat
      Pages 13-37
    3. David Savat
      Pages 38-60
  4. The Interface

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. David Savat
      Pages 63-82
    3. David Savat
      Pages 83-106
    4. David Savat
      Pages 107-147
  5. The Network

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. David Savat
      Pages 151-169
    3. David Savat
      Pages 170-192
    4. David Savat
      Pages 193-209
    5. David Savat
      Pages 210-214
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 215-246

About this book


Digital media are having an enormous impact on the world. From the seemingly mundane, like playing World of Warcraft, to posting a message on Twitter or Facebook, to the operation of financial markets, to transformations in science and the economy - digital media continue to revolutionize how people live their daily life. This book challenges how we understand our relationship with our digital machines, and shows how they open up a new capacity for action in the world. A capacity for action that we should no longer simply think of in terms of movement and force, but also in terms of flow and viscosity. A capacity for action that produces a politics of fluids, and finds its expression not only in new forms of social control, but also in a renewed ability for people to engage with the world and each other.


action coding database Digital Media media politics technology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The University of Western AustraliaAustralia

About the authors

DAVID SAVAT is a lecturer in Communication Studies at the University of Western Australia. He is executive editor of the journal Deleuze Studies, and co-editor with Mark Poster of the collectionDeleuze and New Technology (2009).

Bibliographic information


'This book is a very sophisticated and polished contribution to the rapidly growing field of study around the theme generally referred to now as 'technics' (after Stiegler's work) but is also sometimes referred to as the philosophy of technology. What sets this book apart is the fact that it is equally sophisticated in its dealing with philosophy as it is with technology, and that is extremely rare. It offers a powerful counternarrative to the technological-determination narrative which dominates the headlines, ie the idea that is it technological change that drives changes in society, rather than the other way round.'

- Ian Buchanan, University of Wollongong, Australia