The first time I heard the word ‘blitzkrieg‘ was in Modern History in high school. I was taught it meant ‘lightning war’ and that is was a military tactic that aided the German army during the Second World War. I was unaware of its implications for communications and the global media network.
Since the inception of the blitzkrieg there has been a paradigmatic shift from centralised information networks to a system of distributed information networks. Whereas former centralised networks resembled star-shaped topologies and utilised hierarchical mainframes, the contemporary distributed network configuration is anarchic, allows the free flow of information and transgresses borders and boundaries. This was an effort to address concerns of efficiency, organisation and control.
The following infographic explores the ‘logic of decentralisation’ and its German origins. It provides a brief overview of the paradigmatic shift in network societies.
- Mitew, T., 2014, ‘Liquid Labour: Global Media Industries and the Costs of Immaterial Production’, Lecture / YouTube Video, DIGC202, University of Wollongong, 18 August 2014, viewed August 19th 2015, via <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD2sp52Z2GQ>