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The triumph of profiling

The triumph of profiling
the self in digital culture

  • ISBN: 9781509536306
  • Editorial: Polity Press
  • Lugar de la edición: Cambridge. Reino Unido
  • Encuadernación: Rústica
  • Medidas: 21 cm
  • Nº Pág.: 179
  • Idiomas: Inglés

Papel: Rústica
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Until fairly recently, only serial killers and lunatics had profiles. Yet today, almost everyone is profiled through social media, mobile phones, and a multitude of other methods. But where does the idea of “profiling” come from, how has it changed over time, and what are its implications? In this book, Andreas Bernard examines contemporary profiling’s roots in late-nineteenth-century criminology, psychology, and psychiatry. Data collection techniques previously used exclusively by police or to identify groups of people are now applied to all individuals in society. GPS transmitters and measuring devices are now unconsciously embraced to have fun, communicate, make money, or even find a partner. Drawing perceptive parallels between modern technologies and their antecedents, Bernard shows how we have unwittingly internalized what were once instruments of external control and repression.This illuminating genealogy of contemporary digital culture will be of interest to students and scholars in media and communication, and to anyone concerned about the power technologies hold over our lives.

1. Profiles: The Development of a Format
A Conceptual History of the Profile in the Twentieth Century
The Triumph of the Self-Made Profile
Profiles and the Culture of Job Applications
Constants of External Control
Cyberspace and Profiles: From the Boundless to the Captive Self
2. Locations: GPS and the Aesthetics of Suspicion
The History of Satellite Navigation
On the Way to Locating Individuals
Paradoxes of Location
Electronic Ankle Bracelets
Location-Based Games
3. Cavity Searches: Bodily Measurements and the Quantified-Self Movement
Genealogies of Self-Tracking
Measuring, Classifying, Discriminating
Introspection and Data Generation
Lifting the Veil
Witnesses for the Prosecution
4. The Forgotten Fear of Registration
The Drama of the Census
The Police as a Catalyst of Electronic Registration
The Semantics of the Net
The Glamour of Datafication
1984 from Today’s Perspective
Stigmatization and Self-Design
5. The Power of Internalization
Competitive Individuality
The Governability of the Self in Digital Culture


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