Through a small-scale rhythmanalysis, inspired by Henri Lefebvre’s methodological considerations, this article addresses how avid users of ICTs experience the softwarization of daily life and infrastructures. Research data were produced by qualitative interviews (n=13) in which media diaries and tracking data from the participants’ smartphones and computers served as prompts for reflection. Results show that the intimate entwinement of digital devices and applications in the everyday evokes manifold and even contradictory feelings. Technology is perceived as an aid in managing the everyday, but it also induces feelings of chaos, burden, and losing control. Furthermore, while people seem to take as given the technological conditioning of their day-to-day activities, such as data mining, they still actively negotiate their relation to devices and applications vis-à-vis the temporal organization of the everyday. The article is concluded by suggesting a need to develop tools that enable reflection on the contemporary complexity of sociotechnical power.
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2018|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
- softwarization, rhythm analysis, self-tracking, ICT use