New book: Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves


Published by Palgrave, October 2014.


This book is open access under a CC-BY license.

I wrote a blog post about how I managed to publish a book open access with a well-respected scholarly press.


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DOI: 10.1057/9781137476661
ebook ISBNs: 9781137476661 PDF 9781137476654 EPUB
Print ISBNs: 9781137476647 HB 9781137476654


Selfies, blogs and lifelogging devices have become important ways in which we understand ourselves. Jill Walker Rettberg analyses these and related genres as three intertwined modes of self-representation: visual, written and quantitative. Rettberg explores topics like the meaning of Instagram filters, smartphone apps that write your diary for you, and the ways in which governments and commercial entities create their own representations of us from the digital traces we leave behind as we go through our lives.