Thursday, February 18, 2010

Friday 11am, Matt G

I was particularly struck by Deleuze's idea about the "organization of vast spaces of enclosure" and these spaces' ability and tendency to transform its participants or enrollees. It is a fact that the majority of members of a developed society will tend to live under that society's rules and restrictions. This phenomenon exists on a national level for example, most americans pay taxes and also on smaller institutionally levels for example, most Brown students do not plagiarize.

Based on its restrictive properties, some might view this natural occurrence with a negative connotation. I would argue however that restriction is necessary in a world of infinite choices. Using the internet as an example, without innate restrictions in our motives and choices the internet would be much too vast for any person to explore. When we decide to do an internet search, we tend to know what we are searching for in advanced. This knowingness comes from purpose and the purpose comes from limitations in our thought processes. Without external constraints to guide and govern us, we would be completely lost. Thankfully we can, for the most part, choose what we want our limitations to be.

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