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Failing by Design: Self-Tracking and the Failed Individual

Dyer, James (2018) Failing by Design: Self-Tracking and the Failed Individual. In: The Failed Individual Amid Exclusion, Resistance, and the Pleasure of Non-Conformity. Campus. ISBN 978-3593507828

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Self-tracking most notably emerged over the last century (Crawford et al. 2015). To self-track is to record life activities, encoding them into a series of quantified variables–or what has been called “health” and “lifestyle” data (Whooley et al. 2014, 153). Commonly, this is practiced with wearable de- vices, such as wristbands (FitBit), necklaces (Misfit), pendants, and badges (Narrative Clip), which are tethered to smartphones and personal computers. Through these devices, a meal is measured by its calorific quantity, a heartbeat measured by its rate, and sitting at a desk is rendered the calculable accumulation of inactivity. Yet, this perspective on health and lifestyle is not particularly new. Defining food as energy, knowing the importance of a regular heart rate and the value of exercise are staple points of advice in general medical practice. However, these are no longer exclusively “medical␣ perceptions.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
School of Art, Design and Architecture > G
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Depositing User: James Dyer
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2017 10:41
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 15:26


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