5 Star Ratings: Mechanical Turk Reviews
5 Star Ratings is a collection of 25, 500-word art reviews of my artist website, each produced by users of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, which enables micro forms of paid labor called HITS (Human Intelligence Tasks). Workers on Mechanical Turk were paid $5 dollars to review my website and write about the work. With this project I’m interested in starting discussions and asking questions about how technology and the Internet have changed the way artists construct their identities. What does it mean when we can all create our own press? What value does crowdsourced press have both to the general public and to artists? What is the current state of art journalism?