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Seeing Ourselves Through Technology

How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves

Palgrave Macmillan

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-viii
  2. Written, Visual and Quantitative Self-Representations

    • Jill Walker Rettberg
    Pages 1-19Open Access
  3. Filtered Reality

    • Jill Walker Rettberg
    Pages 20-32Open Access
  4. Serial Selfies

    • Jill Walker Rettberg
    Pages 33-44Open Access
  5. Automated Diaries

    • Jill Walker Rettberg
    Pages 45-60Open Access
  6. Quantified Selves

    • Jill Walker Rettberg
    Pages 61-78Open Access
  7. Privacy and Surveillance

    • Jill Walker Rettberg
    Pages 79-88Open Access
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 89-101

About this book

This book is open access under a CC BY license. Selfies, blogs and lifelogging devices help us understand ourselves, building on long histories of written, visual and quantitative modes of self-representations. This book uses examples to explore the balance between using technology to see ourselves and allowing our machines to tell us who we are.


  • Self-representation
  • self-presentation
  • self-portraits
  • selfies
  • life-writing
  • blogging
  • blogs
  • wearables
  • quantified self
  • big data
  • surveillance
  • panopticon
  • new aesthetic
  • machine vision
  • blog
  • Blogs
  • privacy
  • technology


“The book is a goldmine of historical and contemporary case studies with which readers are invited to visualise the complexity of self-representation practices and artefacts. … thoroughly researched and cross-referenced to both archival and contemporary sources, the language remains clear, jargon-free, and draws readers in through narrative descriptions that are easy to visualize. … strength of Rettberg’s writing is in her highly illustrative explications through which readers are able to visualise her arguments without the aid of devices or technology.” (Crystal Abidin, Mobile Media & Communication, Vol. 4 (2), May, 2016)

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Bergen, Norway

    Jill Walker Rettberg

About the author

Jill Walker Rettberg is Professor of Digital Culture at the University of Bergen, Norway. She is the author of Blogging (2nd Ed. 2014) and co-editor of a scholarly anthology on World of Warcraft (2008), and has been blogging at since 2000.

Bibliographic Information

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Hardcover Book USD 31.00
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