…For me at least, Facebook has never been much more than a place to see (1) what the stupidest video my friends can find is¹, (2) who can say the most ignorant and/or inflammatory thing possible, and (3) what I can get away with saying without offending my mom. Not much real storytelling going on there.
In contrast, Twitter has proved to be a much better communal outlet for me but, still, 140 characters isn’t enough to tell a full story. And nobody likes the guy that tweets every 30-seconds².
Enter Jonathan Harris.
An acclaimed digital artist — most well known for his interactive work, like this recent collaboration with the Sputnik Observatory in New York — Harris will be the first to tell you about his appreciation for technology. But only insofar as technology continues to effectively interact with humanity. In fact the header copy on his personal website explicitly says, “I believe in technology, but I think we need to make it more human.”
Noticing an obvious disconnect between the many “social” options presented to us in the 21st century, and our still unquenched desire to be a part of something bigger than “liking” a LOLCAT, Harris was determined to highlight a new form of storytelling through the technology that is, now, available to us all.
His platform for doing so is, strangely, called Cowbird.
“Cowbird: A Mosaic of Perspective,” on Proxart.