Aydasara Ortega Torres is a Faculty Member of Psychology at College of Mount Saint Vincent.
Have you recently thought about how we become more and more statisticalized? Yes. Statisticalized.
Statistics taken as “a form of rationalization that influences society” - us - “through the production, consumption, and dissemination of statistical numbers.”
How we increasingly depend on statistics.
Yes, to justify practices, make decisions, update knowledge . . .
To change human behavior, constitute cultural norms, reconfigure social relations, shape political discourse . . .
Statistical rationality reinforcing and reproducing the defining characteristics of modern society.
- The replacement of humans with technologies.
Meanwhile, political awareness predicts the public’s distrust. Which is - to varying degrees - associated with mistrust of science and the media.
As modern states continue to collect statistics, keeping society - us - under their watchful eyes.
“Hell of a world we live in, huh? . . . But it could be worse, huh?”
“That's right,” I said, “or even worse, it could be perfect.”
© 2021 Aydasara Ortega Torres