Social Media and the Rhizome

‘Rhizomes are lines of articulation or segmentarity, strata and territories; but also lines of flight, movements or deterritorialisation and destratification. Comparative rates of flow on these lines produce phenomena of relative slowness and viscosity or, on the contrary, of acceleration and rupture. All this, lines and measurable speeds, constitutes an assemblage.’ (p. 3)

Deleuze, Gilles & Felix Guattari  (1987)  A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, trans. Brian Massumi.  Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press.

I have now read the introductory chapter of this book and will look at the metaphor of the rhizome for analysing social media. To illustrate this I will look at how music bands and their fans create interconnected platforms and spaces for listening to music and engaging in discussion.

Movement between these ‘framed’ spaces (in reference to Derrida) and how technology deconstructs and reassembles will also be considered.

This will be a challenging task more so as I would like to use the concept of the rhizome as an empirical model in my research, directing my actions and organising the web essay.

The above ideas will evolve, as my understandings of the concepts deepen and as I gather more social media examples.

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