How Are We Now?: Real-time mood-monitoring as valuation

Davies, Will. 2017. How Are We Now?: Real-time mood-monitoring as valuation. Journal of Cultural Economy, 10(1), pp. 34-48. ISSN 1753-0350 [Article]

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In a digital society, we are frequently invited to communicate our present affective state via interfaces. These include smart-phone apps which allow users to track their mood in ‘real-time’, plus touchpads in organisations and public spaces which seek rapid feedback on whether an experience is positive or negative. In contrast to the use of surveys as tools of valuation, these technologies seek to capture experience in ‘real-time’, which can then be viewed and evaluated critically at a later time. Based on study of a number of mood-monitoring technologies, this paper highlights some of the ways in which they challenge conventional accounts of (e)valuation. In particular, rather than inviting individuals to represent their feelings towards the past numerically, they invite them to make uncritical expressions of positive or negative mood in the present. The central question of value is no longer how much is something valued, but whether or not it is valued. Quantiative and calculated analysis of positive and negative emotions occurs subsequently.

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Affect, valuation, experience, self-tracking, data, interface

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3 November 2016Accepted
5 December 2016Published Online

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22 Sep 2016 11:03

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05 Jun 2018 01:26

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