John Horton has started an automated crowd-written blog called Mechanical Proust. Contributors answer basic questions taken from the Proust Questionnaire. They are paid by Amazon Mechanical Turk, an "online market where people perform simple tasks for pennies, like labeling photos, though more recently, social scientists are using it to do online experiments." Horton learned:
Most of the responses are unsurprising but they are occasionally poignant or insightful. People are proud of their children. They regret dropping out of school. They want to live in Paris. They fear dying and being alone. They like chicken dishes, etc.
(Hat tip: Samuel Arbesman)
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