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How We Became Our Data: A Genealogy of the Informational Person

Colin Koopman


We are now acutely aware, as if all of the sudden, that data matters enormously to how we live. How did information come to be so integral to what we can do? How did we become people who effortlessly present our lives in social media profiles and who are meticulously recorded in state surveillance dossiers and online marketing databases? What is the story behind data coming to matter so much to who we are? How We Became Our Data excavates early moments of our rapidly accelerating data-tracking technologies and their consequences for how we think of and express our selfhood today. The book expl ... More

Keywords: Data, Information, Formats, Algorithms, Subjectivity, Informational Persons, Information Politics, Infopower, Genealogy, Critical Theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226626444
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226626611.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin Koopman, author
University of Oregon

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Front Matter

Part I Histories of Information

Part II Powers of Formatting