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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Chocolate (… and rhizome)

Gough, N. (2004). RhizomANTically becoming-cyborg: performing posthuman pedagogiesEducational Philosophy and Theory, vol 36, no 3, 253-265

I just read this paper (twice now) and it has the same effect on me as dark chocolate: I can only eat it in small quantities, it taste very pure, like an indulging substance and it will probably keep me awake tonight….







I had already lifted a quote by Noel Gouch, in last week’s reading of Pederson’s article. It struck me this quote would make a good definition that I personally would associate with art.




However, I realise now that something is missing from the Penderson article. The full quote, from Gouch’s original papers, should be:

‘Now, the idea of rhizomANTically becoming-cyborg signifies my desire to imagine teaching and learning as material-semiotic assemblages of sociotechnical relations embedded in and performed by shifting connections and interactions among a variety of organic, ‘natural’ and textual materials’

In the paper, Gouch connects Deleuze & Guattari, Haraway and Bruno Latour as a ‘rhizomANTic’ theory for learning and teaching.

The paper reflects my attempt at developing the ‘Love Sick’ story.


(what is also weirdly connected here is the ‘ant bashing game’ my cat was fascinated with, ANT referring here to the Actor Network theory of Bruno Latour (and others) )


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The sound of a YouTube Rhizome

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