The State & its Semiotics; A History of Obscurity

by ds1881

“What begins with the State or the apparatus of capture is a general semiology that overcodes the primitive semiotic systems. Instead of traits of expression that follow a machinic phylum and wed it in a distribution of singularities, the State constitutes a form of expression that subjugates the phylum: the phylum or matter is no longer anything more than an equalized, homogenized, compared content, while expression becomes a form of resonance or appropriation. Apparatus of capture—the semiological operation par excellence.” Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus; Capitalism and Schizophrenia, 444-445.