Wired 8.11: Steaming Video:” Like Marshall McLuhan, Josh Harris sees the medium, rather than its content, as the message. “When TV first came out, it had an impact like a social atomic bomb,” he says. “But the mode of intimacy that I’m presenting, which we’ll experience via the Net, is going to be bigger.”
Starting October 10, Harris is making his own life totally accessible at http://www.weliveinpublic.com, in collaboration with his 29-year-old girlfriend, Tanya Corrin – who demonstrated her own predilection for self-exposure when she posed naked on the cover of Nerve magazine last summer.
Harris has been fantasizing for a long time about living totally in public (most recently, he mentioned it to Inside.com). The reality, though, turns out to be more ambitious than anyone expected. Instead of just dumping a few webcams in arbitrary locations, he’s having his apartment restyled by a professional set designer, and special heat-seeking cameras will track his most intimate moments with Corrin, from bathroom to bedroom. Streaming video will go out around the clock via a network of regional servers, and Harris wants the process to be interactive. He’ll talk to viewers, and their responses will appear as text on monitors scattered around his living space.”