Towards a Holistic Ontology


This dissertation submitted by

BA (Communication Studies), Murdoch University

in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communication Studies

Murdoch University, Perth




I declare that this dissertation is my own account of my research and contains as its main content work which has not previously been submitted for a degree at any tertiary educational institution.

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Permission to copy all or parts of this Honours thesis
Internet: Towards a Holistic Ontology
for study and research purposes is hereby granted.

Chuen-Ferng Koh
November 1997

(Note: The appendices and some images have been reproduced here under the fair-use provisions of copyright law. Copyrights of these remain with the respective copyright owners.)

Comments on Submission Format

This thesis was submitted both on paper and in HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) because many of my references are directly accessible on the Net.  Because it would be more convenient for the reader to have a quick way of accessing these resources, the HTML version should be regarded as the primary version.

     Also, some of the concepts in this thesis (especially those of Deleuze and Guattari in Chapter 1) are not easy to explain in linear format.  Where every component of a concept is related to every other, the component cannot be fully understood on its own terms, but only in relation to the others.  Hyperlinked cross-references permit the reader a way of navigating through them in a nonlinear way.  This issue will be detailed in the Introduction.

     The HTML-coded thesis on the attached disk can be accessed by opening the file "index.htm" on any Web-browser running on any platform, although it was tested on Netscape 2.02 running on Windows 95.  This HTML version contains appendices of articles which are not otherwise easily available at the time of submission.

     This thesis in HTML was first available on the World Wide Web ( in January 1998.


Many thanks must go to Dr Alec McHoul, the supervisor of this thesis, for his enthusiasm, generosity and sharpness.

     I owe great intellectual debts to Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Kevin Kelly, Michael Rothschild, Richard Dawkins, Nathan Newman, Anders Schneiderman, Adrian Miles, the people at Wired, and numerous others, a few of whom I've had the pleasure of making virtual contact. My sincere gratitude.

     Thanks also to all my friends who have helped with this thesis in one way or another.

     Big sloppy kisses to Jasminn, for putting up with my long absence while I pursued my academic adventure.

And now, on with the show:

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