We Live In Public
Josh Harris is an internet genius. People consider him the Andy Warhol of the web. He allowed all his workers to do whatever they wanted. Josh wanted to take out the TV companies. Plenty of workers under him could track the amount of audience viewership.
His personal self-worth is by the number of people watching. Many of his audiences would take down the TV companies and pull people away from the cable. What’s funny is that Josh grew up glued to the TV. The TV was his most important friend especially because his parents were not around that much to parent him and he was not close to his siblings.
His mother has pancreatic cancer and he does not see her that often. His family wanted Josh to come spend time with his mother before she would pass away. Instead all he did was film himself, which is what he does best and told his mother that he would see her on the other side, and closed with good bye.
Josh’s family felt the video was cold and not heart-warming. A character that Josh created was called Luvvy who was sweet and loving. This made up character completely goes against who Josh is. Maybe he was trying to reach out and connect with her the best way he knew how, through broadcasting on TV and the Internet. However, Josh mainly only used the internet and told people he would take out the TV.
He created pseudo.com in 1994, which is the first internet television network. The site was filled with mixed mediums like live videos and chat rooms. I found this to be quite revolutionary in 1994. The fact that people can watch something and automatically have their opinions or comments heard was quite fascinating.
Nowadays when you watch TV on the internet or stream it you don’t have the chat rooms like Josh had associated with his site. What I find most interesting is that Josh started the idea of reality TV before it even became a thing. His chat rooms almost represent modern day Twitter. Anyone can go on Twitter and say how and what they feel. People can even tag certain ideas, events, people, classes, etc. within their posts. When you go on Twitter you then can search that hashtag and read all the chats associated just with post like yours and can join the conversation.
Instead of giving people so much freedom it could have been handled differently. The quiet society is not something I would recommend anyone to attend or be a part of. It revolves around interrogating each participant to see who would be a good fit to be cut off from everyone they know.
People were okay getting rid of all their privacy and clothes and be publicly filmed every second of the day. Josh had an 11-year-old in the society and participating in the study. I do not believe a boy that young should already be surrounded by sex, drugs, violence, and alcohol. There is no freedom and if you wanted to take a shower in peace that was not going to happen. People were becoming human parasites and hurting one another because they did not know what to do with all their freedom.
We Live in Public was a live stream show with a chat room about Josh’s life with his girlfriend. They placed cameras all around his house, which showed a lot of overexposure into their life. People do not need to see when they go to the bathroom or how they cook their food. He needed to learn how to separate out the media from his life. Josh loves working and never knew what it felt like to be in love, he only ever loved his work. However, he has had work loves but he knew that they would never last.
In 2005 when social media took off everyone was on one form of a site. From personal websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc. everyone was joining the movement. Once these mediums started taking off the idea of a chat room started to die off. Personally, I believe that people could connect with others on one platform through social media than using different chat rooms to connect. Social media makes it easier to follow the lives of others and always know what is happening. Not just following the lives of others but one could also receive the news at a very fast rate.