Project Goodcry explores how the digital space can communicate more complex emotions.
Dee Kim and Bistin Chen created Project Goodcry as an experiment intended to make crying a collective experience. This is the first installment in their extensive study exploring the role of crying in a networked culture. Google Chrome users can now install the “I cried button” on YouTube. Click it when you shed some tears or after you’ve finished material that moved you; instead of rating the video with a series of stars, your emotions are gauged by tear drops. Functioning similarly to Facebook’s ‘Like’ button, this new plug-in is an alternative to YouTube’s pre-existing thumbs up or thumbs down feature.
The website ranks all the ‘I cried’ videos, and after viewing a scene from the film, Imitation Of Life where Mahalia Jackson sings a moving rendition of ‘Trouble Of The World,’ we realized 279 others shared our sentiments and were touched by the clip. We find this project compelling because it aims to make our digital spaces more human by communicating direct feelings and complex emotions to digital content instead of passive ‘favorites’ and ‘likes.’