Of Words & Numbers

You can describe people in words, or you can describe them in numbers. Either system can be abused, but in general words tend to create bonds while numbers tend to create distance. (There’s a reason why parents give their babies names rather than numbers.) History, though, seems to tilt toward numbers, and the tilt is getting steeper as the potential profits get larger.

(Via Rough Type: Nicholas Carr’s Blog: Ethics in the data mine)


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