Culture is an Open Door

In the reading “Introduction: Rhizome,” the principles behind the concept of rhizome are the connectivity and multiplicity of the “middle” rather than between a designated beginning/end. If so, a culture does not necessarily contribute to giving a special identity to a particular group of people, for an identity is closer to originality, inherency, or something static to be referred as certain and definitive; in other words, a culture should be understood as not binary but as multiplicity, hybrid, or inter-being as an open system.

Similarly, the World Wide Web was created to become a pool of knowledge by allowing users from remote areas to share their ideas so that a new knowledge could emerge naturally from the process as well as Turing’s definition of machine as a complex of skills, in which, its creators can’t even conclude what end the machine will meet (if there is one). All three readings seem to elaborate on the function of assemblage as well as ecology.

Then, I thought about my ecology project site: the Korea Way in the city. Where does the distinction between what is like Korea about the street and what is not like Korea in its surrounding come from? Could the distinction be true in according to the rhizome theory? Overall, what is a Korean culture and an American culture that is so definitive and divisible that makes the Korea Way be unique from its surrounding? These questions came to my mind after finishing the readings.

Written by Cindy Lee

~ by Cindy on February 10, 2015.

2 Responses to “Culture is an Open Door”

  1. I thought your post was the most interesting (1) and also my favorite post (3) of this week! I absolutely agree that a culture is a multiplicity, and I love that you used “inter-being.” There’s so many ways to exist within a culture that I don’t think just “having” (like how identities are usually described) captures. There’s something more fluid about it, un-beginning and un-ending, and to tie the Rhizome reading to that was really nice to read about. I was also taken in by when you said “the creators can’t even conclude what end the machine will meet.” The idea of machines being sorts of living, vibrant things is so captivating to me, and connecting that to the Turing reading made me want to re-read the Turing reading (which… I was kind of bored by the first time around).

    I’m excited to see how you’ll analyze Korea Way through these lenses!

  2. I think your post is the most provocative in terms of content because cultural environment definitely shares similarity with the rhizome model. it would be very interesting if you continue to explore how “the korea way in the city” is an organtic- ever changing environment.

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