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Josh Harris started as an entrepreneur. After some success, he began work in early new media experiments. His company, Pseudo.com (1993-2000) produced free and original video content a decade ahead of Youtube. In 2000, the NYPD execute a warrant and raid his social media experiment Quiet: We Live in Public believing him to be a dangerous cult-leader.
Internet fame, to Harris, is merely an aftereffect. His intentional transformation from a mundane individual into an internet experience inverts the standard model of media consumption. He has grown up expecting a “future, where everyone’s famous for fifteen minutes”.
Criticism from the commercial art market radically contrasts the success of social media services which reproduce the effects of Harris infamous experiments. Booming bandwidth and the shrinking transistor realize the vision he had, but expose his failure in timing.
His career is the central focus of Odin Timoner’s documentary We Live in Public (2009). The metaphysical theme of this work explores his influence in early new media, focusing on Quiet (2000) and his impulsive alter-ego. Harris and his personae Luvvy push the inversion of the television platform until it ultimately crashes. Not only in Josh Harris’ personal life, but commercially by the dot-com bust
Streaming Video, Charlie Platt.
Wired. November, 2000.
Artist or Prophet?; Before Twitter and Facebook there was Josh Harris and his bunker,
Katherine Monk. Postmedia News. October, 2009.