[Codango: By questioning something, we ruin it…? Could this be true?]
Jon Evans: Goodhart’s Law, as phrased by Mary Strathern: "When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure."
Honored more in the breach than the observance, alas.
Our algorithmic world has turned so many measures into targets, and by doing so ruined them.
Let’s talk about just one example: let’s talk about books…