Started in 2008, the Quantified Self movement is an international collaboration of users and makers of self-tracking tools whose motto is “self-knowledge through numbers.” Self-tracking, be it of daily steps taken, diet moderation, hours slept or productivity, not only internalizes the idea that the self can be objectively known but, and perhaps more subtly, that it is up to individuals themselves to become fitter, happier, and more productive. Are self-tracking wearables and apps an empowering new trend or an insidious instance of self-actualization being substituted for greater social change?
Isabel Pedersen’s research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
- April 11, 2015
- 5:00 pm
- Al Green Theatre at the Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto