Von Quantifying und Coaching-Apps – Digitale Lebensführung zwischen Selbst- und Fremdkonstitution

von Eva Schauerte

Beitrag zur Ausgabe Privatheit und Quantifizierbarkeit (5.1/2016). | Volltext

Abstract: The essay picks up Hannah Arendt’s diagnosis of the instability of the modern sub-ject, which has led to a boom of self-help-literature within the 19th century. The article reflects upon some digital descendants of this genre: a series of self-help applications, the quantified-self-community, and a recently developed analysing tool for quantified data. From a media-archaeological perspective, the article not only enquires into the social and technological conditions of self-help in digital culture, but equally aims to discuss corresponding concepts of privacy and quantification.

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