Fit im Schlaf! Algorithmische Gouvernementalität und die Medien der ‚Arbeit am Selbst'

Translated title of the contribution: Fit While You Sleep!: Algorithmic Governmentality and the Media of 'Self-Work'

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Pervasive implementation of media technologies of digital self-tracking and self-quantification with the aim of self-improvement to an increasing extent entangle users in bio-political feedback loops: At the same time intimate and interconnected, sensory and technical as well as private and public, datafied procedures of access to one’s self link in with predominant neoliberal ideologies of 24/7 and with the imperative of potentially interminable self-optimization. Against this backdrop, the article discusses popular sleep-tracking-apps regarding their modes of action as algorithmic governmental media and their inherent politics of blurring the boundaries between work and leisure: Working on the ‘Self’ by means of self-tracking thus becomes recognizable as an interface that introduces complex processes of subjectivitation into a realm of technical feasibility under platform-capitalist conditions and reformats them according the conditions’ requirements.
Translated title of the contributionFit While You Sleep!: Algorithmic Governmentality and the Media of 'Self-Work'
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)41-53
Number of pages13
JournalCahiers D'Études Germaniques
Early online date27 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • governmentality
  • self-tracking
  • biopolitics
  • self-optimization
  • neoliberalism


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