Of Rhizomes, Smooth Space, War Machines and New Media

Verena Andermatt Conley

in Deleuze and New Technology

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780748633364
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652600 | DOI:
Of Rhizomes, Smooth Space, War Machines and New Media

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This chapter discusses Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's concepts of the rhizome, smooth space and the war machine, and evaluates how these concepts can be used in dealing with the impact of so-called new media today. It addresses the question of resistance against the new mechanisms of control, arguing that digital media offer creative and unprecedented possibilities and contending that Deleuze and Guattari's work is useful in exploring new technology because they made it very clear that much depends on how technologies are made use of.

Keywords: Gilles Deleuze; Félix Guattari; rhizome; smooth space; war machine; new media; mechanisms of control; new technology

Chapter.  5483 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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