data driven

Mar. 6th, 2016 07:31 pm
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Working out an essay on the philosophical fallacy of "data driven" X in my head.

The basic premises fall under the illusion of objectivity, along with the nature of data in being fundamentally blue-green to whatever value system is being constructed in the society that demanded the report. These are, of course, second nature to people who have made serious study of data usage in the sciences. But unfortunately, the idea has escaped its proper boundary and become an illusory chimera devouring actual thinking.

http://stopdesign.com/archive/2009/03/20/goodbye-google.html is a slightly silly example of the problem (I do not consider graphic designers very important - certainly not as much as they think of themselves - , but the story is a good narrative of the situation).

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