This Social Network Involves A Very Early Wake-Up Call
Now with more than 3,000 subscribers from across the US and Canada, Call in the Night "attempts to wake people mid-dream so they can be recorded talking about what was happening during their REM cycle."
Several times a week, a randomly-selected group of subscribers to a free service titled Call in the Night receives a phone call in the middle of the night that connects each of them to one other subscriber. After listening to a short prompt, the two people are then supposed to discuss a topic — their dreams, their night, or anything else — while their conversation is recorded. Clips of the resulting interactions may eventually appear on a corresponding podcast that’s still in development. Since it began in November, the “collaborative nighttime art experiment” has made more than 20,000 phone calls and amassed a subscriber base of over 3,000 people from across the US and Canada.
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What’s the Big Idea?
Carnegie Mellon student Max Hawkins originally created Call in the Night to help him get a better handle on his own dreams. Now, he says, “[p]eople regularly have 1-2 hour long conversations on the service.” After trying it out for herself, writer Jam Kotenko says it’s a novel way to step out of the online comfort zone: “Call in the Night is part sleep experiment, part social network, all human interaction. And that’s more than you can say for most of the social services we ‘communicate’ on.”