I have started to research further from the Siphonophore and the singular jellyfish; originally I argued the siphonophore is the ideal; a colonial organism that has specialised zooids that all work together as ‘one’. The jellyfish only cares for itself, does not communicate with others and is a sole individual. The jellyfish is pelagic; the tide and currents move them throughout the ocean. The siphonophore has specialised bells which propel the entire colony through the oceans, they choose their direction. Using this data as a metaphorical domain, I suggested, in culture and specifically generation Z there is a divide; most of Generation Z are so engrossed in their own cybercircles of Instagram and the echo chambers of their online presence that they are unaware of political on goings/ ignore it as the issues do not involve them individually- they are the jellyfish. They do not realise they are drifting. Then there are those who do want change, and are aware that they are in a culture which is a wants- based capitalist society. These are the siphonophores, the ones who choose their direction and propel themselves towards change.
I have broadened my research into other less know organisms that hold similar zoological structures; Apolemia Lanosa Siphonophore, the Velella Velella, the Salp and the Pyrosome. All four are gelatinous ocean dwelling organisms chosen because of their ethological behaviour and locomotive systems. The secondary research has been deducted from The Plankton Chronicles and The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
Relating these organisms' ethology and biology back to my existing metaphor system, these additional three organisms have allowed me to widen the horizons for metaphorical associations between the ocean and Generation Z behaviours and attitudes.