We Live in Public
We Live in Public (2009)

About the Internet's revolutionary impact on human interaction as told through the eyes and artwork of maverick web pioneer, Josh Harris.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 2, 2010
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This documentary about Josh Harris' surveillance-as-art project exposes the problems of privacy in the internet age and asks provocative questions about the power of ego in a place where everything is on display.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Josh Harris focuses the lens on himself. You probably have never heard of him. And when the film is over, you may wish you still hadn't.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is a remarkable film about a strange and prophetic man. What does it tell us? Did living a virtual life destroy him?

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

Timoner's laudable impulse to chronicle recent history is wasted on insipid overstuffed montages and redundant testimonials, skirting real engagement with the culture in favor of cover-story hooks.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

The big question is whether we're now living in a more pragmatic time.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Midway through We Live in Public, one Quiet participant delivers the hard social lesson of cyberspace: "The more you get to know everyone, the more alone you become."

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...an almost disastrously uneven effort that might've been passable as a short but simply doesn't work as a full-length feature.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

We Live in Public is the kind of nonfiction film that seems to have been conceived to prove that truth is stranger than almost any fiction...

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Mike Edwards
What Culture

There's insight galore amidst this screwball tale, and many a profound implication for the lives we lead today.

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