2a Metadata surrogates are inherently arborescent

Metadata surrogates are the descriptive record which stands in for the “original” item being cataloged. In this case, the “original” item would be the seed and the surrogate would be what grows and branches out from that original item. The surrogate is a representation of the original item. In A Thousand Plateaus, Deleuze and Guattari name arborescence or the model of the tree as the paradigm for knowledge and practice in the modern Western world; in this model, a small idea—a seed or acorn—takes root and grows into a tree with a sturdy trunk supporting numerous branches, all linked to and traceable back to the original seed....

May 25, 2022 · 1 min · jay l. colbert

2a1 Metadata surrogates are the tree trunk instead of the end of a branch

When constructed by others in order to exploit us, the metadata surrogates of ourselves are the seed or original instead of being the thing that grows from and represents the original item. parent 2a Metadata surrogates are inherently arborescent

May 25, 2022 · 1 min · jay l. colbert

my digital garden is rhizomatic

🌿 budding and almost ready to split into Zettels My note seedlings don’t take root and branch off, with branches returning to a single point (the trunk of the tree). My note seedlings are, instead, rhizomes. The notes and ideas don’t have one origin point. “Branches can grow out of any spot towards any direction.”1 “Rhizomes, however, do not function according to representation. Nothing in a rhizome represents something else. There are only connections....

May 11, 2022 · 1 min · jay l. colbert