This interesting article was sent to me by a MidAmerica alum. It describes a woman who sets up a smartphone and a second device, which she uses to video stream her first dates to the internet, and pays for feedback from a crowdsourcing agency. First is the interesting sociological idea of turning over your personal life to a group of strangers. Sociologists Georg Simmel talked about the phenomenon of the role of "the stranger" in our lives. It is like the person we sit next to on an airplane, or the taxi cab driver-- we are willing to share intimate details of our lives with this person because we will never see them again, and they are not connected to our social networks.
Which brings us to the second interesting idea, crowdsourcing. This woman in the article is essentially paying for feedback from strangers, and allows them to send her instructions about what to do next on her date. This idea of crowdsourcing is taking Simmel's idea of the stranger to the next level that technology allows. We can now pay strangers to watch our lives and give us feedback.