Mass Observation: Weather Maps of Public Feeling

Mass Observation was a project by volunteer writers in Britain in the 1930s to study the everyday lives of ordinary people. For more than twenty years hundreds of observers compiled hand-written notes on the shouts and gestures of motorists, personal bathroom behavior, and endless other aspects of daily life with the intent of creating ‘weather-maps of public feeling’ with the collected data. "Surveillance Society," a good essay about this data collection effort is here.