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We Live in Public

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Ondi Timoner

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About the Movie

Ten years in the making and culled from 5,000 hours of footage, “We Live in Public” takes a look through the eyes of “the greatest Internet pioneer you’ve never heard of”, the artist, futurist, and visionary, Josh Harris, to reveal the effects of the web on our society. Harris, called the “Warhol of the Web”, founded, the first Internet television network during the dot-com boom of the 1990s. He also curated and funded the ground-breaking project “Quiet”, putting over 100 people in an underground bunker in NYC where they lived together on camera for 30 days. Before reality television and the explosion of online social networks, Quiet showed how willing we are to trade our privacy for the elusive and often-unrealized promise of recognition and connection offered by technological advances. Harris’ experiments, including a six-month stint living under 24-hour electronic surveillance, led to his mental collapse and demonstrated the heavy price we pay for living in public. Director Ondi Timoner won the 2009 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for this riveting and cautionary tale of what to expect as the virtual world takes control of our lives.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 48
  • Fresh: 39
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: We Live in Public looks at one man's experiments with issues of privacy. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Like Timoner's DIG!, this astounding new docu burrows into the thin and darkly funny spaces between artistry and vanity, isolation and community, collaboration and exploitation, sanity and madness. – Rob Nelson, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: If anything, the film is a reflection of the Web zeitgeist, where observation comes easily but insight is rare. What saves the documentary from becoming a complete frustration is the sheer, stunning prescience of Harris. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Harris, who appears throughout in interview footage, is an interesting mix -- someone with a serious inability to connect with other people and yet at the same time someone with a consistent ability to see the future. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 7, 2010

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We Live in Public
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  • $16.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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