Crossing Space-Time Action: Digital Self-tracking Technologies and the Zero-Dimensionality of the Transmedia Self

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This chapter focuses on how digital self-tracking technologies – I take here Deborah Lupton’s definition of self-tracking as involving “practices in which people knowingly and purposively collect information about themselves, which they then review and consider applying to the conduct of their lives” (Lupton 2016a, 3) – record actions of the self. These recordings thus enable, as with any recording technology, the reiteration of these actions in a different space and time. More importantly, this chapter will argue that such recordings reduce the actions into the zero-dimensionality of digital information which, in turn, places the self not simply
in another space and time. Rather, they re-place the self in a spatio-temporal matrix of algorithmic logic.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransmedia Selves
Subtitle of host publicationIdentity and Persona Creation in the Age of Mobile and Multiplatform Media
EditorsJames Dalby, Matthew Freeman
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780367680572
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2023

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