September 29, 2012
How to Read a Million Blogs: We Feel Fine and the Nonhuman Reader
This paper explores the algorithmic nature of We Feel Fine, a massive database of millions of “feelings” culled from hundreds of thousand of blog posts since 2005. Growing at a rate of 15,000-20,000 posts a day, Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar’s project reimagines intimate life writing as procedural machine reading. I will argue that We Feel Fine prefigures a new literary form, what I call databased storytelling.