How was it for you?

There’s an episode of the TV series Black Mirror where the main character becomes obsessed with ‘liking’ everything. This is supposed to be fiction, but nowadays it’s getting increasingly difficult to tell the difference between what’s fact and what’s fiction.

Last week I was at the airport again. I’m getting used to being asked to rate my ‘security experience’, but my ‘baggage experience’? Really? Are you serious? And if that isn’t bad enough there’s now news that UK schools are to measure the happiness of their students. At least they didn’t call them customers.

Measure the happiness of students eh? You mean ask the students how they are feeling about the endless changes of direction, the obsession with exams (narrow measurement from the age of five in many cases) and generally the stress and anxiety created by education. It’s the education system in this country, and others, that is causing the unhappiness you dimwits. Of course, if you measure something it generally absolves you of any responsibility to actually do anything, most of all to think.


Peeple. Be afraid. Be very afraid….

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What would happen if everyone you ever met, everyone who ever knew you, everyone you ever worked with and everyone you ever slept with rated you and your performance? This future isn’t far off. Should we embrace this or should we reject it? Seriously, what happens in a world where everything and everyone is measured and the data openly published? (I don’t know, I’m just asking the question).

As for Peeple above, I’m convinced this is clever PR for a new movie, but I hope I’m wrong). Be afraid people, very afraid. Some interesting articles here, here and here.