The Web as Rhizome in Deleuze and Guattari

Blue Labyrinths

‘A rhizome has no beginning or end; it is always in the middle, between things, interbeing, intermezzo. The tree is filiation, but the rhizome is alliance, uniquely alliance.’ (ATP, 25)

The internet is a strange and complex thing. Wherever I am in cyberspace, or wherever I could potentially be, I’m always virtually connected to any, and every, other point in cyberspace. All I need to do is enter a URL into my search bar or embed another URL into my website and a new connection is made amongst the billions of other connections already present. Any individual page on the modern internet is only a few clicks away from any other page. The structure of the internet is inherently non-linear.

In their magnum opus, A Thousand Plateuas, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari painted a vast, non-linear, decentralised portrait of knowledge that would form the basis, and the underlying (anti-)structure of the book. They termed…

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