Deleuze and the Internet

Ian Buchanan

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:
Deleuze and the Internet

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This chapter analyses how some of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's concepts have been used in relation to the Internet, focusing mainly on their concept of the rhizome. It suggests that people should not start with the idea that the Internet might be a body without organs, or a rhizome, or anything else for that matter, and stresses the need to first consider how a new assemblage such as the Internet actually works in order to develop the appropriate concepts. The chapter challenges the idea that the Internet is somehow expressive of a new kind of politics and contends that it is simply another institution used by capitalism to extract surplus value from the economy.

Keywords: Internet; Gilles Deleuze; Félix Guattari; rhizome; body without organs; politics; capitalism; surplus value; economy

Chapter.  8322 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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