Ethical Scholarly Production through Open Digital Collaboration

This presentation provides preliminary results from the "Following Mechanical Turks" project, an incipient attempt to engage the ethics of academic publication through an experiment in open peer collaboration. In this study, Nathaniel Rivers and I examine how Amazon’s crowdsourced Mechanical Turk service rhetorically positions human labor within an attention economy. To produce this work, we hold public, participatory streaming video discussions to progress through the composition process from initial concept to finished manuscript. These sessions are archived online with associated materials, and the resulting draft is open to public comments as it develops.