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Casad, Madeleine m.casad at vanderbilt.edu
Sun Sep 25 00:57:04 AEST 2016

What a fantastic range of projects on the Blast Theory site.  Their brilliant app work Karen (2015) certainly belongs in this discussion.  Its framework of the “life coach” professional relationship points to a version of care that’s openly commodified, yet becomes realistically convoluted and compelling as the story unfolds.  It begins with intimacy as entertainment and ends with ‘personality’ returned to you as a data report.  A gift of self-knowledge from the life coach – or?  Algorithmically probing the “unknown knowns” of the app-bound interlocutor’s unseen myriad of data traces…

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