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We Feel Fine: An Almanac of Human Emotion
     

We Feel Fine: An Almanac of Human Emotion

by Sep Kamvar, Jonathan Harris
 

In this dazzling exploration of contemporary human feelings, digital whiz kids Sep Kamvar and Jonathan Harris use their computer programs to peer into the inner lives of millions, constructing a vast and deep portrait of our collective emotional landscape. Armed with custom software that scours the English-speaking world's new Internet blog posts every minute,

Overview

In this dazzling exploration of contemporary human feelings, digital whiz kids Sep Kamvar and Jonathan Harris use their computer programs to peer into the inner lives of millions, constructing a vast and deep portrait of our collective emotional landscape. Armed with custom software that scours the English-speaking world's new Internet blog posts every minute, hunting down the phrases "I feel" and "I am feeling," the authors have collected over 12 million feelings since 2005, amassing an ever-growing database of human emotion that adds more than 10,000 new feelings a day. Drawing from this massive real-world stockpile of found sentiment, We Feel Fine: An Almanac of Human Emotion presents the best of the best — the euphoria, the despair, the passion, the dreams, and the desires that make us human. At turns touching and thought-provoking, humorous and heartbreaking, We Feel Fine combines the words and pictures of total strangers to explore every corner of the human experience. Packed with personal photos, scientific observations, statistical infographics, and countless candid vignettes from ordinary people, We Feel Fine is a visual, fiercely intelligent, endlessly engrossing crash course in the secrets of human emotion. Are men or women happier? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? Is beauty the bridge between happiness and negativity? How do our emotions change as we age? What causes depression? What's sexy? What's normal? What's human? We Feel Fine finally provides a way to answer these questions that is both quantitative and anecdotal, putting individual stories into a larger context and showing the stories behind the statistics — or asthe authors like to say, "bringing life to statistics and statistics to life." With lush, colorful spreads devoted to 50 feelings, 13 cities, 10 topics, 6 holidays,5 age groups, 4 weather conditions, and 2 genders, We Feel Fine explores our emotions from every angle, providing insights into and examples of each. Equal parts pop culture and psychology, computer science and conceptual art, sociology and storytelling, We Feel Fine is no ordinary book — with thousands of authors from all over the world sharing their uncensored emotions, it is a radical experiment in mass authorship, merging the online and offline worlds to create an indispensable handbook for anyone interested in what it's like to be human.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439116838
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.38(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.98(d)

Meet the Author

Sep Kamvar is a computer scientist who works primarily in data mining and human-computer interaction. He is a consulting professor of computational mathematics at Stanford University, and was the head of personalization at Google from 2003-2007. He founded Kaltix, a search engine that was acquired by Google in 2003. He is the atuhor of over 30 research publications and patents in the areas of search, machine learning, and peer-to-peer networks, and his work is in the permanent collection of New York's MoMA. He lives in San Francisco and New York with his wife, Angie. He has not won any awards, but his mom thinks he's handsome.

Combining elements of visual art, computer science, anthropology, and storytelling, Jonathan's projects range from building the world's largest time capsule (with Yahoo!) to documenting an Alaskan Eskimo whale hunt on the Arctic ocean (with a warm hat). The winner of a Fabrica fellowship and three Webby Awards, he has also been recognized by AIGA, Ars Electronica, Print magazine (which named him a 2008 New Visual Artist), and the World Economic Forum (which named him a 2009 Young Global Leader). His projects have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, le Centre Pompidu, and on Bhutanese TV. Originally from Vermont, he now lives in Brooklyn, NY, and does not keep a blog.

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