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I AM


The workers from Mechanical Turks were given the same picture. Yet to each picture was attached a set of keywords, biases, opinions of very different people.


I AM DENIECE. I AM A 23 YEARS OLD AFRICAN AMERICAN AND I AM GLOOM, PESSIMISTIC AND BLEAK.


I AM NON ENGLISH. I AM A 20 YEARS OLD AMERICAN AND I AM CHEAP, PLAIN AND POOR.


I AM MARIA. I AM A 25 YEARS OLD SOUTH AFRICAN AND I AM LAZY, ANGRY AND DEPRESSED.


I AM SHANIQUA. I AM A SASSY 22 YEARS OLD AFRICAN AMERICAN.


I AM KEYSHIA. I AM A 46 YEARS OLD AFRICAN AMERICAN AND I AM HARDWORKING, INTROVERTED AND ATHLETIC.


I AM LUCY. I AM A 8 YEARS OLD AFRICAN AND I AM POOR, HARDWORKING, HONEST.


I AM DEENA. I AM A 16 YEARS OLD AMERICAN AND I AM SASSY IN A GOOD WAY, LIKES SCHOOL, HAS MANY FRIENDS AND AM OUTSPOKEN.


I AM RONALDO. I AM A 19 YEARS OLD ETHIOPIAN, INTROVERTED, ARTISTIC, AND SOFT SPOKEN.


I AM ALTHEA. I AM A 22 YEARS OLD AFRICAN AND I AM BOLD, BRAVE, DETERMINDED AND PASSIONATE.


Yet, I was no longer part of the project each character stood out as a portrait. A portrait, of the personalities ascribed, and a portrait of the worker ascribing.


DENIECE AFRICAN AMERICAN, GLOOM, PESSIMISTIC, BLEAK , 23

“ Friendly but quite eccentric, depressed, sad quite a bit, probably drinks a bit too much and at times can be quite needy. I would suspect this person probably is rather charismatic and heavily into religion. Very traditional somewhat boring and un interesting. Church related events, sometimes company related charities. I see her doing a lot of useful volunteer work and taking on a lot of responsibility to help pass the time but also she is probably a kind person. Not many hobbies except perhaps some local.

—48, MALE, AMERICAN


DENIECE AFRICAN AMERICAN, GLOOM, PESSIMISTIC, BLEAK , 23

“ Loveable/ cheerful. Happiness/ enjoyement. Always smiling/ probably short clothes. A-nything which gives her fun but not hurt others/ dancing/ singing/ painting/ dj/ vj/ actor. Emotionally strong/ great psycological condition/ very good economic conditions

– 24, MALE, INDIAN (ASIA)


DENIECE AFRICAN AMERICAN, GLOOM, PESSIMISTIC, BLEAK , 23

“ Young, depressed, sad. I don’t know what she believes in but she doesn’t have much hope for faith for her future. She is black, young, probably dresses very casually, not expensive clothes. She is so despressed that she doesn’t partcipate in any hobbies. She probably is in a bad situation, not doing well financially, is depressed and

doesn’t have

much support.

—55, FEMALE, AMERICAN


DENIECE AFRICAN AMERICAN, GLOOM, PESSIMISTIC, BLEAK , 23

“ This person is moody, very negative attitude towards life, irritable and not trusting. This person believes everyone is out to take advantage of her, believes life is unfair to her and never expects good things to happen to her.Highly likely this is an african-american, probably in bad health, wears cheap clothing and all round looks petty. This person will take odd jobs that require little thoughts and little effort,

– 35, MALE, AMERICAN


NON-ENGLISH AMERICAN, CHEAP, PLAIN, POOR, 20

“ This person does not have a very outgoing personality. She is introverted. This person may have a belief in a higher power but does not value money or worldly goods. This person is well kept and clean but very plain with no hairstyle or makeup. This person dresses in bargain clothing. This person may enjoy the outdoors and free concerts. This person may work for a non-profit organization.

—....


NON-ENGLISH AMERICAN, CHEAP, PLAIN, POOR, 20

“ She is a black american hooker. She is believing only in money not any principle or beliefs. She looks like a young american black girl she is thin wearing sexy clothes to attract peoples. She is doing prostitution and like to attract peoples for making money. She earns money doing prostitution.

– 37, MALE, INDIAN


NON-ENGLISH AMERICAN, CHEAP, PLAIN, POOR, 20

“ She is hard-working. She is shy. She is very religious. She believes in treating others the way she’d like to be treated.|She is white, thin, with long, straight light brown hair. She wears clothes from a thrift shop or yard sales, so her clothes are not fashionable. She has a retail job and a sales clerk. She watches a lot of tv and movies in her free time. She is barely making ends meet, which makes her anxious and sad.

—53, FEMALE, WHITE EUROPEAN AMERICAN


MARIA SOUTH AFRICAN, LAZY, ANGRY, DEPRESSE, 25

“ Maria is angry, lazy and depressed. She does not get along with others. Maria seems to not have very good values or morals. I think she does not have a belief in a higher power. I would say maria is a black africian and has a very sloppy appearance physically. I would say maria would dress very poor and sloppy. I would say that maria does not work and does not have hobbies that she enjoys. I would say maria is emotionally unstable and very poor.

— 43, FEMALE, AMERICAN


MARIA SOUTH AFRICAN, LAZY, ANGRY, DEPRESSE, 25

“ She is hard to be around. She’s very opinionated, and not in a good way. She’s white, heavy and slovenly. She likes to complain and find fault with people. |She’s never satisfied, has alot of anxiety, worries about finances but objectively has enough.”

—50, FEMALE, USA


MARIA SOUTH AFRICAN, LAZY, ANGRY, DEPRESSE, 25

“ Like me - cynical, hopeless. Nothing. Nothing that would stand out in a crowd - blends in. Solitary, quiet, desperate existence. Probably constantly walking tightrope between sanity and “losing it.”

– 58, MALE, USA


SHANIQUA AFRICAN , POOR, HARDWORKING, HONEST, AGE 8

She is dressed is jeans and tops and is cute. She must be a business executive. She seems to be a middle class young lady ready to take on the world.”

– 29, MALE, USA


SHANIQUA AFRICAN , POOR, HARDWORKING, HONEST, AGE 8

“ Loud, overweight, social. Racial equality, black rights, equal opportunity. Tall, overweight, loose clothing. Volunteer, drink, movies, video games. Stable emotions, living with roommates.”

— 34, MALE, KOREAN


SHANIQUA AFRICAN , POOR, HARDWORKING, HONEST, AGE 8

“ Vivacious, full of life. In having fun being happy. She is a black woman who dresses in bright and fun clothes. A student who likes to go out with friends. She lives in the dorms is happy and content with life. The person seems sweet, fun loving and full of joy. She believes is the spirit of life and has family values.”

– 48/ MALE/ AMERICAN


KEYSHIA AFRICAN, HARDWORKING, INTROVERTED, ATHLETIC, 46

“ Lonely and depressed. Working herself to death. Black, ugly, dresses like poor woman. Work work work. Miserably just trying to survive.”

—54/ MALE/ AMERICAN


KEYSHIA AFRICAN, HARDWORKING, INTROVERTED, ATHLETIC, 46

“ I think this person has an strong character and personality. Working is the way to progress and sport to have a healthy mind .Because she is african american, most probably she is black, nice body and mostly casual and sport clothes. She should be a professional who like dancing, playing sport, traveling. She should be a happy person, secure and medium class in the society

– 43/ MALE/ USA


KEYSHIA AFRICAN, HARDWORKING, INTROVERTED, ATHLETIC, 46

“ I like her hardwork attitude beliefs. He is best for her family. Her professional activity. For her financial situation may work.”

—29, MALE, INDIAN


LUCY AFRICAN , POOR, HARDWORKING, HONEST, AGE 8

“ Shy, hardworker, and kind, Honesty and hard work, Simple, Play with baby doll, Poverty.”

— 40, FEMALE, AMERICAN


LUCY AFRICAN , POOR, HARDWORKING, HONEST, AGE 8

“ She is basically a happy child. She attends church with her family. She is a good girl. She dresses in hand me downs but is clean and neat. Plays with her friends and go to school. She lives in poverty but tries to be happy.”

— 48, MALE, AMERICAN


LUCY AFRICAN , POOR, HARDWORKING, HONEST, AGE 8

“ Like a typical child - likes having fun and playing games. She believes in working hard, telling the truth, being a good friend.She is black, short, skinny, wearing a blue dress with pink flowers. Her hair is in braids. She likes to play hopscotch with her friends.She lives in a small house with her family. They are all very loving toward one another.”

– 31, FEMALE, AMERICAN


DEENA AMERICAN, SASSY IN A GOOD WAY, LIKES SCHOOL, HAS MANY FRIENDS, IS OUTSPOKEN, 16

“ She is strong and will always stand up for what she believes in. She believes in justice and equal rights for everyone. I think she looks like the average teen girl who likes to wear nice clothes. Cheerleader and hanging with friends. In a nice home with family who loves her

—33, FEMALE, AMERICAN


DEENA AMERICAN, SASSY IN A GOOD WAY, LIKES SCHOOL, HAS MANY FRIENDS, IS OUTSPOKEN, 16

“ Loveable/ cheerful. Happiness/ enjoyement. Always smiling/ probably short clothes. Anything which gives her fun but not hurt others/ dancing/ singing/ painting/ dj/ vj/ actor. Emotionally strong/ great psycological condition/ very good economic conditions

– 24, MALE, INDIAN (ASIA)


DEENA AMERICAN, SASSY IN A GOOD WAY, LIKES SCHOOL, HAS MANY FRIENDS, IS OUTSPOKEN, 16

“ She is not afraid to speak up when something bothers her, but is also loyal and caring towards friends and family. She believes in supporting those close who need it , but also enjoys competition. She dresses conservative compared to others her age. Likely is white. Thin body appearance dark brown hair. She likes to work on the student council and is interested in politics. She lives very low-key and has a lot of control over emotions and her impulses.”

—36, MALE, AMERICAN


RONALDO ETHIOPIAN, INTROVERTED, ARTISTIC, SOFT SPOKEN, 19

“ Ronaldo is quiet but focused and competent. He values creativity and free expression. he also values deep thinking and is respectful of others. Ronaldo has dark skin. he is of medium height and slender. he dresses casually. Ronaldo’s main hobby is art and he is pursuing a college degree in this area. but he also enjoys watching movies, spending time with his family and socializing with a few close friends. Ronaldo’s family emigrated from ethiopia to the united states and is working hard to adapt socially and


economically. education is very important to them, so they are sacrificing to send ronaldo to college. they live simply, and ronaldo is appreciative of the sacrifices they are making for him.

– 55/ FEMALE/ AMERICAN (US)


RONALDO ETHIOPIAN, INTROVERTED, ARTISTIC, SOFT SPOKEN, 19

“ A quiet nice young man being original and true to himself. Very skinny and malnutritioned. Paint and draw. Hard life emotionally being poor. A quiet artist, most likely only has a few close friends.”

—54, MALE, AMERICAN


RONALDO ETHIOPIAN, INTROVERTED, ARTISTIC, SOFT SPOKEN, 19

“ I believe he values a general agnostic belief system. I would assume he would dress with some jeans and a plain shirt. I would assume he enjoys reading, writing poetry, and drawing. I would assume his conditions are lower middle class to working class, and he is more than likely cynical in nature.”

– 26, MALE, FROM AMERICA


ALTHEA AFRICAN, BOLD, BRAVE, DETERMINDED AND PASSIONATE, 22

“ She is outgoing and assertive. She is religious and believes in a higher power.Althea is black. She wears bright colors. She has an entry level job in public relations or advertising. She is athletic and competitive and enjoys running. She is emotionally stable and content but looking to climb the ladder at work. She is middle class.”

—53, FEMALE, WHITE EUROPEAN AMERICAN


ALTHEA AFRICAN, BOLD, BRAVE, DETERMINDED AND PASSIONATE, 22

“ She’s very spirited and has clear goals. She has a good heart and values all life and people from different places. She would be black, tall, and have dark eyes. She would wear down to earth clothing with red or gold colors. She may work in the social field or in health care. She is very happy but not willing to back down. She tries to enjoy and experience life to the fullest. She does fairly well off.”

– 20, MALE, UNITED STATES


ALTHEA AFRICAN, BOLD, BRAVE, DETERMINDED AND PASSIONATE, 22

“ Althea is confident, passionate, dynamic, and strong. I gathered this from the description of bold, brave, determined, and passionate. I can only guess that she believes in standing up for one’s beliefs, doing what’s right regardless of public opinion, and being oneself. She’s african, but that doesn’t give me much to go on. She could be white or black, although i guess i see her with dark, deep skin that has a natural glow. I’m guessing she grows her hair out (not super short), but can’t guess how she styles it. I’m seeing tight, little curls begging to be touched (i like to touch hair, i’m


weird). I imagine her wearing nice, dark jeans, maybe flats or inconspicuous heels, perhaps even nice, trendy raised-heel sandals. I think she would choose bright colors for her shirts (perhaps a nice blouse), a large purse, and chunky jewelry. She likes to join gmjj fight for causes. She likes to participate in marches.Emotionally, she is strong. She has emotional support from her friends, but she doesn’t need it to survive. Psychologically sound. Economical conditions i can’t even begin to guess. Middle-class? Lower-middle? Struggling college student?

—26, FEMALE, CAUCASIAN, WHITE


9 PERSONALTIES PERFORMED


I am Deniece.


I am Non Engl


lish.


I am Maria.


I am Shaniqua


a.


I am Keyshia.


I am Lucy.


I am Deena.


I am Ronaldo.


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I am Althea.


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