The ethics of experimenting have been much in the news lately. It started with the Montana mailer experiment.
It gets weirder. Via Jeff Mosenkis, two mailers received by his family or neighbors.
First there is the now-standard Big Brother approach, which just creeps me out:
This is what happens when people actually pay attention to your research. Don Green shows this inches up participation in a field experiment and now millions of loyal democrats hate their party for at least an instant.
Then it just gets weird:
So, kudos for the sense of humor. But what is that all about. It screams “weird placebo group”. This has to be somebody’s research paper in action. I admit I’m curious what the hypothesis might be. I’m pretty sure I don’t want to read more than an abstract though.