Measurement and cultural policy

I just stumbled upon this really interesting talk by Dave O’Brien on the use of measurement in cultural policy making. Dave discusses the potential power of numbers and calculation for shaping policy. He argues that these systems of measurement and the numbers they produce become a kind of ‘common sense’ for policy makers. As a result he points out that we need to think about the politics of calculation. Dave link’s these developments into the evolution if particular forms of political rhetoric. It’s also possible to see how this can be seen as a critical tale on the more utopian visions of the possibilities of ‘big data‘.

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