We’ve read some compelling theorists on the political and social potential of collective intelligence in this section of the course. Consider Henry Jenkins’ analysis of user-created content and fan fiction. How do collectives emerge around established mass-marketed and trademarked stories and what new creative potentials do fan-based groups introduce? Also, consider Jane McGonigal’s arguments about harnessing the skills of massively-multiplayer online gamers to think through larger and more pressing contemporary issues. You might think about how “players” worked as a community to imagine virtual solutions to the looming oil crisis in her alternate reality game, World Without Oil. Finally, you might consider how the logic of the internet informs the self-organizing structure of groups like Anonymous. What does it mean to have a political organization without top-down hierarchy? Think about Deleuze’s concept of the rhizome and how this might relate to these issues.