Self-surveillance by algorithm: how Word Press reviewed my blog in 2015

“The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog”. That is how the report starts, with a knowing and playfully self-deprecating remark. This all seems to me a form of self-surveillance by algorithm – but still mildly interesting. I’m always struck by the continuing popularity of my post on the “Super Professor” scam. The much more scholarly stuff on labour colonies, testing farms and work camps attracts a small but steady audience. Anyway, here it is.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


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