How to indulge my inner snoop?
February 24, 2011 7:26 PM Subscribe
I love doing research to uncover things that are hard to figure out--or, better, that I'm not supposed to know about. The sort of thing that investigative reporters and detectives do. How can I find an outlet for this interest?
posted by anonymous to grab bag (12 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
Whenever a vaguely "investigative" research task comes up in my daily life, it always reminds me of how much I enjoy it. I can wield a search engine with the best of them, and I'm good at the sort of lateral thinking required to figure out where to go next with each nugget of information I figure out. I also have a very high tolerance to boredom, so I can handle the endless sifting through records/database results/etc. that this sort of thing often requires.
So where can I find an outlet for this? Obviously it'd need to be something that's at least a little cool or interesting, and hopefully the end result would have some sort of value or interest beyond my own curiosity. I know even real P.I.s generally don't work on anything sexier than verifying insurance claims; I'd be willing to settle for about one notch above that. (Hopefully that's possible, since unlike them, I don't need to get paid ;))
I'm fairly socially/politically minded, so I wouldn't mind getting into citizen journalism, for one. But I suspect that very dedicated people with special expertise tend to snatch up all of the low hanging fruit, so it would take years of effort to uncover anything interesting at all. Am I right there?
(Anon because of the off chance that a future employer might not like hearing that I love nosing around in records that are none of my business.)