Deleuze & Guattari on 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

Research Professor. Founder 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 ++
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