Michel De Certeau’s Strategies versus Tactics

The rhizome-matic system of the internet allows for open-source ideas to be pushed by the users within that system. The open-source agenda can be placed in the context to its purpose with in an ideology. Michel De Certeau’s Strategies versus Tactics attempts to put into context the purpose of a process with in a system. Open source Initiatives of companies like IBM and their use of Linux programming can now be comparable to a strategy. Strategies are a carefully devised plan of action to achieve a goal. Strategies demand locations of power, require competition, define legitimate modes of research, and establish the boundaries of acceptable practice. This can be seen in the Open Source Initiative. Strategies are the institutional processes that set norms and conventions. Strategies harvest finite ideas that become concrete, and essentially remain conclusive. On the opposite side of strategies is tactics: a course of action followed in order to achieve an immediate or short-term aim. Tactics lack a specific location, survive through improvisation, and use the advantages of the weak against the strong. Tactics are the modes of creative opportunity that operate within the gaps and slips of conventional thought and the patterns of everyday life. (Lewis, Tsurumaki, Lewis, 1998)

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