Identity Prosumption and the Quantified Self Movement - Jenny Davis, Whitney Erin Boesel


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Identity Prosumption and the Quantified Self Movement - Jenny Davis, Whitney Erin Boesel

  1. 1. Identity Prosumption and the Quantified Self Movement Jenny Davis (@Jup83) *with Whitney Erin Boesel (@phenatypical)
  2. 2. QS According to Gary Wolf From the languor of the analyst’s couch to the chatty inquisitiveness of a self-help questionnaire, the dominant forms of self-exploration assume that the road to knowledge lies through words. Trackers are exploring an alternate route. Instead of interrogating their inner worlds through talking and writing, they are using numbers. They are constructing a quantified self.Until a few years ago, it would have been pointless to seek self- knowledge through numbers…Then four things changed. First, electronic sensors got smaller and better. Second, people started carrying powerful computing devices, typically disguised as mobile phones. Third, social media made it seem normal to share everything. And fourth, we began to get an inkling of the rise of a global superintelligence known as the cloud
  3. 3. Making Sense of the Quantified SelfProsumption: False dichotomy between production & consumptionIdentity Prosumption: False dichotomy between subject & object
  4. 4. Identity Prosumption (Mead, Cooley, Goffman, Burke et al., Smith-Lovin etc.)• Conditions • Self Relevant • Interactive• Layered • Personal • Group • Identity category
  5. 5. Theorizing QS with Identity Prosumption• Prosume identity through data• Prosume QS identity• Prosume QS as identity category
  6. 6. Get your Mood on (Alexandra Carmichael and Robin Barooah)There is a significant difference between the knowledge thatwe discover for ourselves, and knowledge that we receivefrom others. If you have ever cooked a dish from a recipe,you’ll know that simply reading the recipe doesn’t mean thatyou know the dish it describes. You learn the dish by trying tomake it, by tasting as you go along and experimenting. Alongthe way, the things that the author of the recipe could neverknow – your local ingredients, your stove, your cooking style,and your tastes, get incorporated into what you do, and thedish becomes your own…So it is with self-knowledge. Whenyou monitor and experiment with your own moods andemotions, you learn about yourself through direct experience,and the knowledge you gain becomes part of who you are
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  8. 8. QS as Identity Category• 3 Prime Questions – What did you do – How did you do it – What did you learn• The Inside Joke
  9. 9. Thank you!!