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The Entlastung of the Quantified Self

I’m very interested in this concept, which I was introduced to through the work of Pierpaolo Donati and Andrea Maccarini earlier this year. It emerged from the work of Arnold Gehlen and refers to the role of human institutions in unburdening us from existential demands. This is quoted from his Human Beings […]

self-tracking to pre-empt social tracking

I came across an interesting extract in The New Ruthless Economy, by Simon Head, which shone an interesting light on the relationship between self-tracking and social tracking. From loc 1318: Paula Dabbart, an employee ployee at an American Airlines reservations center in Tucson, said that she wore a stopwatch on a string around […]

The exciting future of governance

Background to the video here. I have to admit that I’d assumed this sort of thing was at least a decade away. What’s so creepy about this (beyond “because of this your feeling of safety increased”) is how ‘joined up’ the proposed monitoring is. Rather than piecemeal monitoring that gradually gets joined up […]

Science Gallery Dublin – Lifelogging Lab CALL for Proposals for upcoming exhibition

This looks interesting: Lifelogging Lab CLOSING DATE: Thursday, October 23, 2014 – 12:00 LIFELOGGING LAB If you could measure everything…would you? Calling all trackers, quantifiers, analysers and creative counters Science Gallery is seeking proposals for its upcoming exhibition LIFELOGGING LAB, which will open in February 2015. Exhibition and laboratory […]

The five modes of self-tracking

Deborah Lupton has posted a very useful item on her blog, attached to a forthcoming paper, suggesting five modes of self-tracking: Private self-tracking Pushed self-tracking Communal self-tracking Imposed self-tracking Exploited self-tracking You can read the full post here. The only one I’m not convinced of is ‘exploited self-tracking’. I otherwise really […]

Self-tracking and data sensibilities

I recently blogged about the idea of the ‘qualified self’ and why I’m drawn to this phrase. As sometimes happens, I wasn’t being enormously serious when I started writing the post but had argued myself into a new position by the end of it. I like the ‘qualified self’ because […]

Self-tracking, governmentality and social control

This post on Org Theory, which makes reference to a superb New Yorker article about the Fitbit, nicely captures an ambivalence about self-tracking which I share: In fact, there is a whole Quantified Self movement, complete with conferences and meet-up groups. One obvious take on this is that we’re all becoming perfect neoliberal subjects, rational, entrepreneurial and self-disciplined. […]

CfP: Theorising Personal Medical Devices: New Perspectives

CALL FOR PAPERS Theorising Personal Medical Devices: New Perspectives 18th-19th September 2014 Post-doctoral Suite, 16 Mill Lane, University of Cambridge, Cambridge Fuelled by the accelerating pace of technological development and a general shift to personalised, patient-led medicine alongside the growing Quantified Self and Big Data movements, the emerging field of personal […]

Quantified Self Research Network – Inaugural Event

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (BST) Leeds, United Kingdom At this inaugural event there will be presentations from researchers who have been exploring quantified self or self-tracking either empirically or theoretically which will stimulate discussion around the potential and implications for future developments. We hope […]