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Life-stowing from a Digital Media Perspective: Past, Present and Future
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

While both public opinion and scholars around the world are currently pointing out the danger of increasingly popular life-logging devices, this book articulates this debate by distinguishing between automatic and manual life-logging approaches. Since new definitions of life-logging have excluded the latter approach and have been mainly focused on effortless life-logging technologies such as Google Glass and Quantified Self applications in general, the second part of this thesis theoretically frames life-stowing.Through extensive etymological research, I have defined life-stowing as a manual and effortful practice conducted by life-stowers, individuals who devote their life to sampling reality in predefined frameworks. As part of this book, an historical overview introduces life-stowers and distinguishes between Apollonian and Dionysian varieties of these practitioners. Lastly, in order to understand the future reception of life-stowing, particularly in relation to digital media, I have disclosed my ongoing life-stowing project to a small audience.

Abstract [sv]

Den samtida samhälls- och forskningsdebatt, där de allt mer populära teknologierna för life-logging ofta framställs som farliga, vidgas och utvecklas i denna bok genom ett särskiljande av automatiska och manuella tekniker för life-loggning. Eftersom nya definitioner av life-loggning i stor utsträckning har exkluderat manuella tekniker och fokuserat på egenmätning som inte kräver så mycket av användaren, såsom GoogleGlass, innehåller avhandlingen också ett teoretisk utforskande av begreppet lifestowing. Genom omfattande etymologisk forskning definieras life-stowing i avhandlingen som en manuell och ansträngande praktik utförd av life-stowers, personer som vigt sina liv åt att samla och spara bitar av verkligenheten enligt fördefinierade ramar. I den historiska översikten introduceras två typer av life-stowers, den Apollonianska och den Dionysiska. Slutligen, för att förstå det framtida mottagandet av life-stowing i relation till digitala medier, presenteras författarens egna life stowingprojekt för en mindre publik.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Södertörns högskola, 2017. , 154 p.
Series
Södertörn Doctoral Dissertations, ISSN 1652-7399 ; 139
Keyword [en]
life-stowing, tebahism, effortfull, life-logging, quantified self, selftracking, surveillance, sousveillance, archiving, syncretism, constructivist theory of perception, database aesthetics
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32439ISBN: 978-91-88663-00-9 (print)ISBN: 978-91-88663-01-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-32439DiVA: diva2:1090316
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2017-06-02, MB503, Alfred Nobels allé 7, Huddinge, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-05-12 Created: 2017-04-24 Last updated: 2017-09-22Bibliographically approved

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