Josh Harris (internet)
Josh Harris (born c. 1960) is the founder of JupiterResearch and Pseudo.com, 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. In 1986, he founded the technology consulting firm Jupiter Communications.
We Live in Public
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.
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. The project was forced to shut down on January 1, 2000 by order of the New York Police Department. On the Swedish TV show Kobra, Harris stated that he had been widely influenced by the 1998 movie The Truman Show. 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.
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.
The Wired City television network
In 2011, Harris ran an unsuccessful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to resurrect The Wired City, a streaming television network which would allow viewers to interact with each other.
- Charles Platt (writer): Steaming Video Wired 8.11, November 2000
- "New York Post Interview". NY Post. 2009-08-24. Retrieved 2009-05-29.
- "We Live in Public | Sundance Festival 2009". Festival.sundance.org. 2009-01-01. Retrieved 2009-01-25.
- Wallace, Lewis (2009-01-13). "We Live in Public Tracks Net Spycam Madness | The Underwire from Wired.com". Blog.wired.com. Retrieved 2009-01-25.
- Stephen Dalton: The rise and fall of Josh Harris? The Twitter generation’s voice from the bunker The Times, October 17, 2009
- "Kobra (Episode 8 of 11) | 2009". SVT. 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
- Kim, Jonathan (2009-10-28). "ReThink Interview: Josh Harris -- Nostradamus of the Net Tells Your Online Future". huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
- "The Wired City | Kickstarter -- The Wired City". kickstarter.com. 2014-05-13. Retrieved 2014-05-13.