Shallow Self Quantification

 

Reflection

The idea for this topic came after much stress and research over almost every aspect of this subject’s topics. Finally coming across a paper on selfie culture, it occurred to me that my favourite blogging platform may be considered a form of self quantification. Sleeping on this idea, I decided to do the video essay in a way that properly represented the various forms of visual self recording. Starting with the most mainstream (Snapchat) and working my way through my arsenal until I ended with a proper colour graded staged format.

Structuring the video essay was probably the easiest part because I shared the same skepticism that most viewers would have from the beginning. I decided to start from the moment I woke up and run the viewers through my reasoning as I developed it. This was made possible because of secondary research done in the days and weeks prior to recording. I had all of the information, I just needed a topic to focus the information on.

After that came the post production. I decided against music because it felt un-natural to have it the whole way through while becoming a distraction if brought in later in the piece.  Cuts were easy because I filmed the project in chronological order, and the bulk of the editing time was taken up by re-researching the statements I made in the video.

If I were to re-shoot this project, I would have given myself more time to find examples of my topic such as my early vlogs to further enforce the idea that you are quantified within this format, and more examples of the classist nature of owning self quantification tools. Though I am happy with the message that I gave in this video essay. Enjoy.

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