A Lovely Interpretive Sketch of Shifting From (Traditional) Hierarchies to Wirearchies

Thanks to someone I follow on Twitter (natch!), I recently came across a very interesting series of interpretive sketches of the first two chapters of A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schzophrenia (Wikipedia link) by Gilles Delueze and Felix Guattari, translated by Brian Massumi, University of Minnesota Press, 1987.

I’m not very surprised that the sketches speak to me.  At the risk of sounding less humble than I want to, I have had a number of people suggest to me that my writings on wirearchy speak in similar ways to some of the issues Deleuze and Guattari explore in their work on rhizomatic sociology.

Just to be clear – they were there longbefore me, and in much deeper and careful detail.

Back to the sketches (go look at them, yes, go .. they are full of wonder and whimsy whilst also conveying very clearly what Deleuze and Guattari were getting at).  As the blog author Marc Ngui notes:

"The drawings were created as a means of understanding the ideas being presented in the book.

Each drawing is labeled by chapter and paragraph."

Here’s one that is (for me, at least) very reminiscent of version of the wirearchy logo I have used for most of the past decade.

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