The Web As Art

988669_10152882434160652_1893030052_nWelcome to another Tuesday with TED. Today we’re watching Brooklyn-based artist and computer scientist Jonathan Harris who collects stories: his own, strangers’, and stories collected from the internet, including his amazing project, We Feel Fine, which works to make sense of the emotional world (some might say the soul) of the web. With deep compassion for the human condition, his projects strive to uncover what we’re all feeling and looking for.

This is a wonderful talk about the human condition. I think you’ll enjoy it.

On their face, Harris’s projects seem very different. But their effect is the same — to show off a world that resonates with shared emotions, concerns, problems, triumphs, and troubles. Maybe it’s because I write memoir, but like Harris, I’m fascinated with people’s true stories. I love the ability to peek into another person’s life, to catch a glimpse of their soul. And the geek in me loves that he organizes and catagorizes his data with software that allows us to analyze the data in any way we choose.

What do you think about Harris’s method of storytelling?

Until next time,
Cynthia Patton

About Cynthia J. Patton

Writer, Editor, Advocate, Speaker, Special Needs Attorney, and Autism Mom. Also the Founder and Chairperson of Autism A to Z, a nonprofit providing resources and solutions for life on the spectrum.
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