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The tyranny of the quantifiable

METTM Activity 4: on “the tyranny of the quantifiable” – T

Objectives:

Upon the completion of this assignment…

  • you will achieve the critical reading objective of practicing reading of intellectually complex texts with social and personal relevance…
  • and you will demonstrate composition skills by exploring a line of inquiry and limiting the topic appropriately.

Directions:

Part One–respond to the quote about how, unfortunately, “what can be measured…takes precedence over what cannot: private profit over public goodspeed and efficiency over enjoyment and qualitythe utilitarian over the mysteries…” (97). Use one of the three types of “tyranny of the quantifiable” that Solnit mentions after the colon (I have underlined them above), and explain how it applies to a specific aspect of your experience. [100-200 words]

ASSIGNMENT 2

READ THE ARTICLE I PROVIDE AND ANSWER THESE SIMPLE QUESTIONS

Dropbox is a late mover in a crowded space. What are the key elements of Dropbox’s business model?

Is Dropbox profitable as of June 2010?

Imagine that at the same time Dropbox was founded, Google decided to target the opportunity Dropbox had identified. How would Google’s approach to pursuing “G-Drive” have differed from the approach that Dropbox followed?

What should Dropbox do about creating a separate version of its service for small and medium businesses?

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