Release the Numbers! Multitudes, Crowds, Publics… and Audiences
This chapter addresses a key question of modern democratic politics: that of representation through numbers. Numbers make social collectives visible in a highly effective, abstract, economical way, and contribute to give them legitimacy. This is linked to the centrality of elections in modern democratic regimes (so much so that non-democratic regimes almost all ape democratic elections). But, more recently, it has been part of a rise of a Western, and increasingly global culture of ranking and competition through numbering, much beyond politics.
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