On-line juries

Is your spouse hogging the new car? Or refusing to do the dishes? Now you can take your dispute to an online jury of your peers at a new website called JabberJury.com.

Fast Company calls the website “The People’s Court for the Facebook generation,” while a press release dubs it “a true people’s court.” It’s the brainchild of Chicago entrepreneurs Kevin Wielgus and Angelo Rago, who came up with the idea after Rago settled an argument with his girlfriend by asking bar patrons to weigh in. The dispute: Did his girlfriend have a right to be mad when he refused to visit her father in the hospital? (He was suffering from hemorrhoids, not a life-threatening disease.)

Recent cases posted at the website raise age-old questions such as: Are dogs superior to cats? What’s the need for all those decorative pillows on the bed? And what’s the big deal about chewing with your mouth open?

The full article is here, and for the pointer I thank Eapen Thampy.


Why waist the time with people's court when you can just get a divorce/break-up immediately?

Might be fun to punk the jury with some crazy made up stories and see how they decide them. Could be a TV series in this! (TM, all rights reserved, Bill 2011)

For example, might be fun for some philosophy, ethics, social psych grad students to pose some dilemmas to a series of juries and write a study about the results in the Journal of Behavioural Research.

Might even be fun for economists to test out damage theories, behavioural economics theories, etc.

That's like the silliest story ever. Since when was a relationship ever about "right" - it's not as if anyone is entitled to a relationship at all.

And frankly, it's not about the objective situation, but about the subjective importance assigned to it. If it's *important* to your partner that you participate in something, and you decline, then it doesn't really matter *why* it's important to him/her.

Now, if your partner continually assigns high importance to things you find of no importance or vice versa, it might very well be that the two of you are -not- a match made in heaven. But asking the crowd if the issue at hand is objectively speaking important or not, is totally missing the point.

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