Please join MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Prof. Joseph M. Reagle, Jr., for a discussion of his upcoming book, Hacking Life: Systematized Living and Its Discontents.
Life hackers track and analyze the food they eat, the hours they sleep, the money they spend, and how they’re feeling on any given day. They see everything as a system composed of parts that can be decomposed and recomposed, with algorithmic rules that can be understood, optimized, and subverted. In Hacking Life, Joseph Reagle examines these attempts to systematize living and finds that they are the latest in a long series of self-improvement methods. Life hacking, he writes, is self-help for the digital age’s creative class.
Joseph M. Reagle, Jr., is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. He is the author of Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia and Reading the Comments: Likers, Haters, and Manipulators at the Bottom of the Web, both published by the MIT Press.