The Trap by Adam Curtis is an informative yet very narrow exploration of our current model of freedom and the various forms of social control that we’re subjected to. While the viewer should remain selective about what to retain from the film, one of the less menacing themes is our society’s obsession with numbers as applied to the public sector. While The Trap provides us with countless examples of this obsession, I find the issue of government mandated performance targets to be quite relevant.
The rise of performance targets in Britain took place during the 1990s under Jonathan Major. Based on the premise that public servants weren’t working to their full potential, the government sought to improve society by implementing a system that would provide objective data and therefore increase individual accountability. Read More