Friday, April 15, 2011

What did you remember TODAY?

A very close friend of mine had his first child yesterday at 8:39pm PDT. In this new socially networked age I watched as photos were broadcast of little Lucy on a steady stream on Facebook and Twitter. I thought about how everything is documented and then about all the memories I have from childhood to today. Only a tiny fraction of them have been captured and documented by this growing digital social archive. I guess I will have to wait for The Singularity for my millions of memories to be downloaded and archived.

Combined with this gloriously happy event for my friend, I had seen this project titled TODAY shared by a friend on Facebook and I thought it was very fitting.

On August 27th, 2009 Jonathan Harris turned 30 and began a simple ritual of taking one photo every day and posting it to his website before going to sleep. This is a short film about Jonathan's project, made a few weeks after he stopped it. Directed by Scott Thrift.

TODAY from m ss ng p eces on Vimeo.


We should all seize the opportunity and benefit from this evolving social archive by taking part in it. We need to add our own lives and memories to what will one day become the largest, most complex documentation of firsthand historical data since man first recorded the day's hunt on the cave walls. Unlike the scribblings of Herodetus and the historians that followed, this archive will be better. It will be posted firsthand and by each of us without filters and innuendo with the simple click of a button.

TODAY by Jonathan Harris

video by m ss ng p eces

Directed by Scott Thrift

Music by Julio Monterrey @ youthfaire.com



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