View the turk log » I set up my MTurk task as usual, and head to a dive bar for our date.The options are extended further this time, giving the workers more ways to control me.
Oddly, knowing that the workers are watching me made feel a sense of reassurance, like I’m not all alone in this situation.
At first, my attention is really divided between trying to make sure the camera is well positioned and working, and trying to engage with him.
Once I feel everything was set, I start to relax a little and get into the conversation. I remind myself, this is a tool for myself, it’s about monitoring and determining my own interactions.
Very quickly though, he starts talking about his relationship to knives, his transcendent experience of locating, owning and maintaining them, and how it makes him feel powerful, and about his family, and I suddenly feel really guilty. After an hour and a half my phone starts blowing up with messages saying LEAVE, so I do.
This feedback will be communicated to me via text message.
I meet him on the internet, he says, let’s cut to the chase and just meet up, and I am all about that.
It starts off with a lot of “back”, “stay” and “sidestep” instructions, and things stay polite and surface.
I ask him about his work, his family, his favorite spots in Portland, and I’m starting to run out of small talk topics, when I get the instruction “advance”.
This is my first experiment, I don’t know if the system will technically work well, I don’t know what the worker response will be like, and so I’m pretty nervous.