Peeking Into The Future With We Live In Public
“Riveting – a compelling cautionary tale…” New York Times
“A fascinating piece of social and cultural history” The Times
“We Live In Public” is a 90 minute peek into the projects and experiences of internet and social media pioneer Josh Harris, and is directed by Ondi Timoner. Some of the early ideas pioneered by Harris certainly seem to be commonplace these days – we are all too familiar with Big Brother style reality shows, YouTube based “edgy” television style programming, and endless streams of individuals aiming for their continuous 15 minutes in the spotlight – ready to do anything.
Josh Harris did many of these things in the early days of the internet and takes all these things to the extremes and in doing so not only demonstrates the limits of what’s currently imaginable but also demonstrates the effects the constant pressure to innovate and stand out from the crowd can have upon someone’s life, loves and mental health.
The DVD features a number of interviews with Josh Harris, Jason Calacanis, Tanya Corrin, Chris DeWolfe, and other internet pioneers, and offers an often unseen insight into the world behind social media as we know it.
If much of the information contained in the DVD wasn’t verifiable you could almost believe this was a piece of fiction. After all, if you are suddenly worth over $80 million, almost over night, what would you do?
Some parts of the documentary are almost shocking, others may make you raise an eyebrow, but the majority of them will leave you with the sense that the virtual world is a whole new frontier. As the press release tells us:
Josh Harris, often called the “Warhol of the Web,” founded Pseudo.com, the first Internet television network during the infamous dot-com boom of the 1990s. He also created his vision of the future: an underground bunker in NYC where 100 people lived together on camera for 30 days over the turn of the millennium. With Quiet, Harris proved how, in the not-so-distant future of life online, we will willingly trade our privacy for the connection and recognition we all deeply desire. Through his experiments, including another six-month stint living under 24-hour live surveillance online which led him to mental collapse, he demonstrated the price we will all pay for living in public.
Special features included on the DVD are:
- Josh Harris audio commentary
- Ondi Timoner audio commentary
- Behind the Scenes: Sundance 09
- We Live in Public Trailer (Original)
- Making of with Ondi Timoner
- Josh Commentary Video Highlights
- Inside the Bunker: The Pods
- Inside the Bunker: The Guns
“We Live In Public” is scheduled for general release, by Dogwoof, on 1st March 2010 and, whether you are into the whole “social media” thing or not, it is a fascinating documentary and one that really leaves you wondering if the whole thing is fact or fiction, and certainly begs the questions … in the virtual world … what could possibly be next?
“We Live In Public” is available for pre-order from Amazon: We Live in Public [DVD]