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mkarol's picture

 The idea that you can "think rhizomically" insinuates that you should consider things in terms of having no center or structure. But Professor Dalke mentioned an interesting point last class: Can you organize the world without a center? Isn't an individual constantly thinking in terms of themselves? Jo(e) references the blogging medium, talking about "Bitch Ph.D."s blog as "her ideas, her opinions, her style of writing". Wouldn't that mean that a blog is an expression of an individual, putting whomever is posting, whether it be the blogger themselves or someone leaving a remark about the material, in the spotlight? Just by skimming through the comments on Jo(e)'s blog, one finds a sea of "I"s... "I love", "I write", "I agree". This constant referral to the first person sheds an interesting light upon what 'genre' really is. It may be restricting or helpful, good or bad, but that judgement is definitely dependent upon who is making it. So if you think about 'genre' and blogs in particular, as having no starting point or center, what does that say about creativity and human thought? It's true that ideas and opinions are influenced what an individual has experienced and learned from others, but the synthesis of information and feelings are still based in the single person. Everyone is the center of their own world.


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