Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves

Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves

By Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann
Book Description

Selfies, blogs and lifelogging devices have become important ways in which we understand ourselves. Jill Walker Rettberg analyses these and related genres as three intertwined modes of self-representation: visual, written and quantitative. Rettberg explores topics like the meaning of Instagram filters, smartphone apps that write your diary for you, and the ways in which governments and commercial entities create their own representations of us from the digital traces we leave behind as we go through our lives.

Table of Contents
  • License
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • 1  Written, Visual and Quantitative Self-Representations
    • Writing about the self
    • Visual self-portraits in history
    • The history of quantitative self-representation
    • Texts or people?
    • Disciplining self-representations
  • 2  Filtered Reality
    • Technological and cultural filters
    • Aestheticising, anesthetising and defamiliarising
    • Choosing what technology can do
    • Genres as filters
    • A filtered world
  • 3  Serial Selfies
    • Cumulative self-presentations
    • Time lapse selfies
    • Profile photos as visual identity
    • Automatic portraits
  • 4  Automated Diaries
    • Life poetry told by sensors
    • Capture all
    • A photo every 30 seconds
    • Algorithms to find meaning
    • Gamified lives
  • 5  Quantified Selves
    • A fantasy of knowing
    • Dataism and subjective data visualisation
    • Measure more
    • What we cannot measure
    • The pleasure of control
    • Machine vision
  • 6  Privacy and Surveillance
    • Forced portraits
    • Who the advertisers think I am
    • Power and discipline
    • Seeing ourselves
  • References
  • Index
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