Cover image of Jill Walker Rettberg's book "Seeing Ourselves Through Technology"

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

By Jill Walker Rettberg

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.


“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 in Mobile Media & Communication

I found myself reading this book with my iPhone in hand, ready to access several unfamiliar and intriguing apps to compare to Rettberg’s own personal experiences downloading and personally evaluating innovative apps.

Richard Chalfen in Visual Studies

I would recommend everyone, especially those who are interested in or study digital media and information technology, to read this book.

Beate Due in Norsk medietidsskrift


Seeing Ourselves Through Technology is assigned in at least 90 university courses, listed at Open Syllabus (1, 2)


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