Each one of us is several: networks, rhizomes and web organisms

Tredinnick, Luke (2013) Each one of us is several: networks, rhizomes and web organisms. Knowledge Organization, 40 (6). pp. 414-421. ISSN 0743-7444


This paper develops a conceptual analysis of hypertext and the World Wide Web by exploring the contrasting metaphors of the network and the rhizome. The idea of the network has influenced the conceptual thinking about both the web, and its wider socio-cultural influence. The paper develops an alternative description of the structure of hypertext and the web in terms of interrupted and dissipated energy flows. It concludes that the web should be considered not as a particular set of protocols and technological standards, nor as an interlinked set of technologically mediated services, but as a dynamic reorganisation of the socio-cultural system itself that at its inception has become associated with particular forms of technology, but which has no determinate boundaries, and which should properly be constituted in the spaces between technologies, and the spaces between persons.

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