As I have noted previously, Ghost in the Shell is my favourite anime and gradually becoming my favourite pop-culture text of all time.
The a third film has just been broadcast on Japanese television: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Solid State Society.
The whole thing is available on youtube if you look, although only torrents of the file can be subtitled (with another torrent). I am not sure if I should try to explain any of the plot or not. What I do want to mention is that it provides the clearest indication of what a ‘stand alone complex’ actually is. Let me just say that the term ‘rhizome’ is used about a dozen times in short succession (yes, RHIZOMES! as in Deleuze and Guattari’s notion) along with ‘network’ and ‘collective consciousness’. Someone needs to send Lazzarato and any other of the neo-Tardeans a copy.
From the subtitles:
This is the full scope of the rhizome formed by the collective consciousness of those elderly invalids in the network.
There is no concept of a center in a rhizome, …
… therefore the hub has no fixed position within the rhizome, or rather, the rhizome itself is constantly in flux.
Why can’t we have Deleuzian pop-culture on Australian television?