Rhizomatic communications

This paper concentrates on two of the above mentioned French theorists, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, and the ideas found in their seminal work A Thousand Plateaus . A number of contemporary theorists who are focused on computer mediated communication, particularly hypertext theorists but a range of others, have specifically drawn on A Thousand Plateaus in their own work. Two ideas found in A Thousand Plateaus that appear repeatedly in this literature deal with the rhizome and the nomad.

Following a brief examination of A Thousand Plateaus, this paper explores the literature of postmodern communication theory and cyberspace theory, where a curious lack of Deleuze and Guattari is found. The next sections concentrate on the literature that clearly addresses ideas about rhizomatics and nomadology. Following the literature review a section on rhizomatic-nomadic resistant Internet use develops further ideas about the practice of electronic resistance in cyberspace, makes some linkages to the rhizome and nomad models as presented by Deleuze and Guattari, and ends with thoughts on the dyadic interplay between rhizomatic resistance and panoptic control.



About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
This entry was posted in Deleuze, Guattari and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.