Accelerated sensing: Sociological notes on modernity and self-optimisation

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Title Accelerated sensing: Sociological notes on modernity and self-optimisation
Author Berg, Martin
Date 2017
English abstract
The number of self-tracking devices and apps is growing continuously and there is now a plethora of gadgets available for measuring, interpreting and optimising everything from bodily activities to embodied experiences and emotions. Despite the increased attention paid to the growing field of self-tracking, little is known about the discursive underpinnings of how these devices are designed, and their imagined functionality. Self-tracking devices are often presented as means for users to navigate through the varying temporalities and contingencies of everyday life, and they are often implicitly imagined to solve a series of problems for users. Approaching self-tracking devices through a prism of social theory, this paper advances current understandings within the field of self-tracking studies by drawing attention to how the imagined possibilities of these devices are deeply intertwined with the general characteristics of contemporary late-modern society. In particular, this paper engages with Hartmut Rosa’s (2013) concept ”social acceleration” in order to understand how the problems that self-tracking devices claim to solve result from the same social processes that make the idea of self-tracking as such meaningful. Rosa, H. (2013). Social Acceleration: A New Theory of Modernity. New York: Columbia University Press.
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Metric Culture : The Quantified Self and Beyond (7-9 June 2017 : Aarhus, Denmark)
Language eng (iso)
Subject Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/22811 Permalink to this page
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