Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mechanical Turk Review of My Art #9

This is a project where I pay workers on Amazon's Mechanical Turk to review my art and website and pay them $5 dollars for 500 words. This is the 9th review I've received:

The art on is witty and comical. Most of the images require just enough thinking to engage you and then once your study the image for a moment, the punch line hits and you begin to laugh. The site is set up in a contemporary, simple design that makes it very user-friendly and easy to navigate through. As a user, there aren’t flash videos or major distractions that are pulling you in multiple directions and making things complicated. It’s very obvious that the focus is on the art. Whether you are looking at a man rolling on the floor laughing, literally, or a free poster that is a little underwhelming but funny, you get the sense that the humor and the art on the website has its own personality. It’s not generic humor or specific to a demographic, its niche humor and will resonate with specific people. The artwork is quite good, most shots are filled with color and there is a certain amount of unpredictability from one shot to the next. You can’t tell if you will soon be looking at a half naked man or a half naked man with a strap-on ballsack attached to his body. The images are often fun and inviting. For example, Calvinball is some sort of experiment that has been captured with photography, yet the images are enjoyable because the people depicted in Calvinball look like they are genuinely having a fun go of it. You can’t help but wonder what the heck they are talking about. There are some funny videos on the site too. The videos are mixed in on the menu and they are a nice complement to some of the funny art work. Seeking Good Conversation is a sad clip that features the texting habits of a married woman who is missing her husband who has been deployed. Pretty sad when you think about it. When you’re husband is deployed in another country, you probably begin to hone your texting skills, if you are even lucky enough to text him. It’s a very interesting contrast when you view the video in the context of the material surrounding it. The content is, for the most part, very light. Aside from the rare sad story about deployed husbands the site is good for some laughs. Modern Greetings is a funny section that makes you wonder why our greetings are so rudimentary and simple. What if they were a bit different? A bit more complicated? The images are filled with colorful people, again, all smiling and enjoying their experiment. On a whole, the artwork on the site is vibrant has vitality, makes you think and ultimately makes you smile or laugh. It’s very modern and most of the images are humorous. Overall, the artwork is enjoyable to view. The people included in the shots all look they are having an enjoyable time and that creates a pleasant overall tone on the website and artwork. It’s not somber at all. It resonates because it is in many ways unique and uplifting. It’s just people having fun with words, art and life.