The Tyranny of Metrics

220 pages

Published Aug. 20, 2018 by Princeton University Press.

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978-0-691-17495-2
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When you not only hate metrics but also transparency

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This was a very weird read. On the surface level, this provides an okay summary of all the issues with metricification and how a narrow focus on the quantitatively measurable has lots of unintended consequences.

What I wasn't prepared for [my bad for not having read the author's bio beforehand] was the extremely conservative point from which the author approaches the question. In an outright bizarre final chapter, the author argues against transparency outright and somehow manages to mix in Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning (who the author ofc deadnames…) as examples of how metrics and transparency are bad? Because somehow non-quantified civil/human rights violations done in the dark are better?

An okay collection of examples of how metrics backfire, but I'm sure there's books doing the same without the right wing baggage.

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