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Jul. 19 2010 - 9:49 pm | 99 views | 0 recommendations | 3 comments

Why Internet content reviewers burn out

David Graham, president of Telecommunications On Demand, the company near Orlando where [Internet content reviewer Ricky Bess] works, compared the reviewers to “combat veterans, completely desensitized to all kinds of imagery.” The company’s roughly 50 workers view a combined average of 20 million photos a week.

“Policing the Web’s Lurid Precincts,” The New York Times: July 19, 2010

20 million images divided by 50 workers = 400,000 images screened per worker per 5-day week, or
80,000 images screened per worker per eight-hour day, or
10,000 images screened per per hour, or
167 images screened per worker per minute, or
2.78 images screened per worker per second.

Dear Mr. Graham: Do you really want to keep your reviewers from walking around the office like Christopher Walken in “The Deer Hunter”? Hire more reviewers.

(Due diligence: These insane calculations only hold up if you believe the numbers Graham fed the Times, which I don’t. Doesn’t anybody over there have a calculator?)


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    I believe the era of factchecking is sadly behind us. There might be a bigger piece in all this. At the very least you could contact the Times Ombudsman. Although he probably gets 20 million emails a week. Ha ha.

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    “20 million images divided by 50 workers = 400,000 images screened per worker per 5-day week”

    If you watch 2 hours of film, tv, or dvd, you are viewing over 400,000 images.

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