The Media Ecology as a Rhizomatic Structure

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In Media Ecologies, Matthew Fuller states that a media ecology is a dynamic, interrelationship of objects and human communicative processes, and “Rhizome” expands upon this idea, morphing it into a twisty/turny, non-linear, and nomadic network that neither ends nor begins. It is easier to first understand what the rhizome is not–a rhizome is not like a tree. A tree has branches that start at the trunk and spread out into smaller and smaller branches, and eventually into leaves; this tree has a defined structure: it’s ordered into a hierarchy.

Conversely, the rhizome exists as a confused structure of linear passages. Deleuze and Guattari describe the rhizome as being nomadic because it’s constantly making and breaking its connections and because when it breaks, it always moves on. In this sense, the rhizome is a dynamic effort to construct a map to apprehend something, and as such, the media ecologies we create can can also serve as rhizomes. My media ecology of Little Italy will exist as a rhizome because it will draw connections between intertwined paths of sound, images, moving images, and words and these different facets will work together to map out an ecology of Little Italy. Because of this connectedness, the ecology will exist not just as an isolated representation of the neighborhood but it will exist as a digital extension that people can experience.

Rachel

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~ by rliquindoli on February 10, 2015.

2 Responses to “The Media Ecology as a Rhizomatic Structure”

  1. 3. Best post
    Loved the way you looked at the Rhizome article. For me, you had the best articulation of what a Rhizome means. Loved how you connected the structure of the Rhizome to the structure of your ecology, I can almost imagine it. The picture was a nice touch!

  2. Rachel, I would say that you had the best blog post. What I consider a blog post is a clear, succinct piece of work that still conveys a purpose. You both represented the texts in detail, but did not contribute an entire essay to what is supposed to be a blog post. The absence of “overwriting” in your blog post is refreshing to me.

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