Friday, June 4, 2010

Day Five: PostSecret


Where to go:
CLICK HERE to view the secrets.
CLICK HERE to discover more about the project and to view upcoming events.

Why I think it's mind-blowing:
PostSecret is a revealing art project founded by Frank Warren. People were asked to anonymously mail in their deepest secrets on postcards. These secrets were then compiled into a book form.

 According to the wikipedia entry for PostSecret:
"Frank Warren claims that the postcards are inspirational to those who read them, have healing powers for those who write them, give hope to people who identify with a stranger's secret, and create an anonymous community of acceptance."

Over the years I have connected emotionally with many of these secrets. Reading the content of these postcards makes me realize how complex the world around me is. The visuals (created by the sender) add another dimension to the messages being shared. In a world increasingly consumed by social networking and technology, this is another way to communicate in a passive yet therapeutic way.

Several books have now been published, including The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A Postsecret Book and Confessions on Life, Death, and God. If you decide to flip through a PostSecret book, don't be surprised if you find a few postcards hidden in the pages. Rather than mail in their cards, some contributors prefer to share their secrets with the (lucky) local bookworms.

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