Josh Harris (internet)

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Josh Harris (2009).

Josh Harris (born c. 1960) is the founder of JupiterResearch and Pseudo.com,[1] a live audio and video webcasting website founded in 1993, which filed for bankruptcy following the end of the dot-com bubble in 2000.

Josh Harris grew up in Ventura, California, majored in communications at UC San Diego and later was a graduate student at the University of Southern California's (USC) Annenberg School for Communication.[2] In 1986, he founded the technology consulting firm Jupiter Communications.[2]

Harris owned and operated Livingston Orchards, LLC, a commercial apple farm in Columbia County, New York from 2001–2006.[3][4]

Harris was the CEO of the African Entertainment Network, based in the Sidamo region of Ethiopia.,[3] where he lived after leaving New York.[5]

Harris was the CEO of The Wired City, an internet television network based in New York City[6]

We Live in Public[edit]

Harris is the focus of director Ondi Timoner's documentary film, We Live in Public, an entry at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary was awarded the Grand Jury Prize award in the US documentary category at the festival.[7]

Among Harris' experiments featured in the film is the art project "Quiet: We Live in Public," an Orwellian, Big Brother type concept developed in the late '90s which placed more than 100 volunteers in a human terrarium under New York City, with many webcams following and capturing every move they made.[8] The project was forced to shut down on January 1, 2000 by order of the New York Police Department.[9] On the Swedish TV show Kobra, Harris stated that he had been widely influenced by the 1998 movie The Truman Show.[10] He strongly believes that the technological singularity will be reached and the human being will cease to be an individual, while the machine becomes the new king of the jungle.[11]

A few months later, Harris started weliveinpublic.com, a project that entailed himself and his then girlfriend, Tanya Corrin, living at home under 24 hour internet surveillance viewable by anyone. After a few months Corrin left Harris and the project citing mental and emotional stress. Harris continued "living in public" for a few more weeks, finally ending the site due to the mental, personal, and financial losses the project caused him.[8][9]

In 2001, an episode of director Errol Morris' First Person television series centered on Harris and the weliveinpublic.com project.

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