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    The data imaginary: six reasons why data analytics have become so powerful

The data imaginary: six reasons why data analytics have become so powerful

We are living in an era in which we are defined by our data. But how have data analytics come to be so readily integrated into so much of the social world? Dave Beer draws on his new book and outlines six ways in which the industry presents a series of problems and inadequacies to which data analytics are […]

Systems of measurement have a productive power in our lives

Metrics already perform a powerful productive role in the social world; they vindicate and limit, they cajole and incentivise, they legitimate and justify. When we reflect on how metrics are frequently used to manage performance, to facilitate competition, to judge us or to compare what we do with others, it is crucial that we see metrics as being central to […]

The New Circulations of Culture: Culture is being radically transformed by the recursive circulations of digital by-product data

Culture is being radically transformed by the recursive circulations of digital by-product data, yet we have little understanding of how this is happening or what the consequences might be. Dave Beer argues that we need to try to understand the ‘politics of circulation’ that underpins contemporary culture – that we need to try to understand how data circulate back into culture, […]