Writing on the financial crisis of the early 2000s, Edward LiPuma has observed the ways that houses became the central media by which Americans understood their financial assets. Presently, public, private, and personal data produced in and by merely living amongst the Internet of Things becomes increasingly economized. Collective practices such as data mining and securitization point to the transformative ways that data is becoming valued.
My project follows that circulations of money and information and the instances in which they share valences of social, cultural, or monied value. As an anthropologist, I track the practices, discourses, and emotions that appear alongside the use of new consumerist and financial media (Amazon, Venmo, WeChat Pay, Google Pay).
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