Nora Young's The Virtual Self Essay

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The virtual self, by Nora Young is a book about self-tracking, the obsessive recording of the daily life online. The obsession with data. How is this data is altering the world. Many People are obsessed with this data. Sometime you don’t even notice that you are gathering a lot of data. Data can be pictures online, having a smartphone nowadays is enough to gather the data for you, Google android if enabled, has a website where you can see what do you do daily by showing you your journey, where you have been throughout the day. She is talking about the virtual self as a doppelganger that you wish to portray to other. She want us to take control of the data and then, think about how are we using this data, and not just use them. Being acknowledgeable I think is what defines this books, she certainly drops out a lot of significant word. I want to identify some technology of self tracking and answering their uses and why many people are obsessed with this technology.
All throughout the past year, the appearance of said product wearable is everything that Nora says in his book. The importance of self-tracking mode and online sharing. She speaks a can of why and how people want to share these data. With wearable you don’t even have to care about how to share this data or understand it, it does it for you. Objects of daily log and become communicators. New uses accelerate the creation of new intelligent products. The connected objects must seduce their audience to enter the applications. But now we see a real enthusiasm around this trend. These objects are connected modernize, develop and communicate with each other so as to offer an overall view of the user’s life.
Now, not just adult can enjoy the self tracking with these objects. It exist wearable for babies like diapers. The Brazilian subsidiary of Huggies offers Tweet Pee, a small sensor to integrate over the layer and prevents the parents if the child has peed in his bed. (Video 1). Also, Smart diapers exist and are associated with a smartphone application that allows parents to analyze the results and to remain vigilant about kidney health of their baby dehydration, urinary tract infection ... So, parents can send the results in case of problems, the doctor responsible for monitoring the baby. (Video2)
“This sense of being relentlessly productive is something we bring not just to our workplaces, but to our lives more generally. The drive to be productive is not just about the online calendar or Rescue Time but also about the enterprise of turning ourselves into disciplined creatures. This is a legacy we share with Ben Franklin and our ancestors who lived by the clock and the account book. It may not be new, but our tools sure do up the ante.”(The virtual self)
Nowadays people document their life almost everyday, we start seeing every move as a potential past. And this present is all about a present to be consumed by others, you do not do it for yourself but more for your audience. Our...

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