Passages from Michel Serres’ mischievous Thumbelina seem to plea for us to invent heterotopias through the opportunities and openings offered by new information technologies. Serres considers how internet devices have the potential to break down all the traditional orderings of knowledge, all moribund classifications:
The ill-sorted or disparate has virtues of its own, of which reason is unaware (40)
Serres urges us to mix things up, trying out a new menu each day as we open up our computers, ‘as if from a strange planet’. For Serres, the internet encourages play, invention, experimentation. Unlike thinking through concepts and forms of abstraction, which act like a ‘cork-stopper’, the web allows us to stay with singularities, particularities, examples and the endless, labyrinthine description of things.
Thumbelina, the child of new information technologies, where are your new, other spaces that might ‘break all the familiar landmarks of my thought – our thought’? (Foucault, 1970: xv).
Echoing Serres, how do we begin?
Foucault, M. (1970)  The Order of Things, Andover, Hants: Tavistock.
Serres, M. (2014) Thumbelina: The Culture and Technology of Millennials. London: Rowman & Littlefield.
23 January 2018