2009 marks the Internet’s 40th birthday. 

“On the 40th anniversary of the Internet, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC tells the story of the effect the web is having on our society, as seen through the eyes of  visionary Josh Harris.  Award-winning director, Ondi Timoner (DIG!), documented his tumultuous life for more than a decade, to create a riveting, cautionary tale of what to expect as the virtual world inevitably takes control of our lives.” 

Josh Harris, “the greatest Internet pioneer you’ve never heard of”,  has often been referred to as the “Warhol of the Web”.  He has conducted more than one social experiment to illustrate how the virtual world can take control of our lives. His Millennium project “Quiet: We Live in Public” was stopped by FEMA  after 30 days, calling it a “millennial cult”. In this experiment he created an artificial society in an underground bunker in New York. 100 artists allowed every aspect of their lives to be under 24-hour surveillance and filmed. During a 6 month experiment where his own life was documented in the same way, he suffered  a mental collapse , demonstrating the high cost of living in public. 

This Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning film, is set to premiere in New York on April 5th.

via:  visual culture