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Seeing Ourselves Through Technology

How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves

Authors: Rettberg, Jill W.

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This book is open access under a CC BY license. Selfies, blogs and lifelogging devices help us understand ourselves, building on long histories of written, visual and quantitative modes of self-representations. This book uses examples to explore the balance between using technology to see ourselves and allowing our machines to tell us who we are.

About the authors

Jill Walker Rettberg is Professor of Digital Culture at the University of Bergen, Norway. She is the author of Blogging (2nd Ed. 2014) and co-editor of a scholarly anthology on World of Warcraft (2008), and has been blogging at jilltxt.net since 2000.

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"Rettberg fills an important gap in the existing literature with insightful analysis of a wide variety of very recent digital practices. Her writing presents an appealing voice of academic authority that is inflected with a personal experience strongly grounded in an ethos of embodied and situated knowledge. Rettberg explains what it means to be a participant observer who tracks her own movements, emotions, and interactions with ubiquitous technologies and many other means of self-surveillance. This is a timely and compact scholarly monograph that provides an extended critical interpretation of a contemporary topic. As an important feminist new media theorist, Rettberg is worth listening to." - Elizabeth Losh, University of California, San Diego, USA

"Jill Walker Rettberg challenges us to take seriously selfies and other forms of digital self-expression and understand them in the broader context of culture and power. In so doing, she connects important ideas and theories about aesthetics, privacy, art and data to explore and explain contemporary data-fication of the body and identity. I will never look at a selfie the same way again." - Steve Jones, University of Illinois, USA

"Rettberg's incisive examination of contemporary tools and habits of self-documentation - blogs and Facebook updates, Fitbits and selfies - reveals the ways those practices relate to centuries-old patterns like autobiography and self-portraits. She also demonstrates that contemporary distaste for self-documentation is often motivated by a desire to discipline or silence the (non-elite) practitioners, a habit targeted with special ferocity at young women. Seeing Ourselves... is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the history and patterns of self-documentation." Clay Shirky, New York University, USA


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Written, Visual and Quantitative Self-Representations

    Rettberg, Jill Walker

    Pages 1-19

  • Filtered Reality

    Rettberg, Jill Walker

    Pages 20-32

  • Serial Selfies

    Rettberg, Jill Walker

    Pages 33-44

  • Automated Diaries

    Rettberg, Jill Walker

    Pages 45-60

  • Quantified Selves

    Rettberg, Jill Walker

    Pages 61-78

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  • ISBN 978-1-137-47666-1
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Seeing Ourselves Through Technology
Book Subtitle
How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47666-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137476661
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47664-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 101
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