Years ago, when I watched the movie, The Truman Show, I wondered why people would even care about watching some guy 24 hours a day. Heck, the eight hours a day when he was sleeping must be boring, right? Why would anyone watch Truman while he was sleeping?
For 13 days, 8 hours and 38 minutes, Justin Kan has been wearing a camera strapped to his head and a backpack to power it. For twenty-four hours a day, the cameras have been running. As I write this. Justing is sleeping. Why would I watch Justin sleep? Why would people watch Truman sleep? Because it’s strangely calming.
You can see what Justin is doing right now:
The few weblogs that have talked about Justin.tv have acted like what he is doing is amazing:
Blowing up? Nah… I don’t think so. Boring? Surprisingly not. I spent twenty minutes the other day watching Justin drive his car and listen to bad music. I loaded it up and the next thing I knew, I had lost twenty minutes of my life. Why did I keep watching? Partially to figure out where the heck he was, where he was going and why he was listening to such lame music on the car stereo. Later, I watched him wait for service at what looked like a mobile phone store. After five minutes, no one in the store had talked to him.
Why, why why? Why do I enjoy watching? It makes no sense to me. Am I waiting for him to crack? After 13 days of my life broadcast on the Internet, I would have cracked. How does he keep that hat on? What magical rocks are in that backpack that make this possible?
I had my doubts that The Truman Show could have happened. I didn’t believe that people would want to watch Truman’s mundane existence. I even thought that without the intervention from the production crew, no one would have watch Truman at all. Instead, I find myself watching Justin sleeping. Oh… he just turned over.
The most surprising fact is, Justin.tv is far more interesting and watchable than most of the television programming on the major networks.
Justin.tv has some sponsors, who I think deserve some props:
- Bawls Energy Drink
- Zip Car
- down2night – What’s Going Down 2 Night?
- Experience Gift Certificates from Signature Days
- GoDaddy Internet Domain Name Registration
- Helmet Cams and Helmet Cameras by Viosport – Wearable Video Technology
- Lindsay Docherty Photography : Professional portrait and child photographer serving San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area
- Lingr: Chatrooms for the people