If There Is Much In The Window There Should Be More In The Room

Sunday, September 21, 2008


PostSecret is an ongoing community mail art project in which people mail their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.

The simple concept of the project was that completely anonymous people decorate a postcard and portray a secret that they had never previously revealed. No restrictions were (or are) made on the content of the secret; only that it must be completely truthful and must never have been spoken before.

Entries range from admissions of sexual misconduct and criminal activity to
confessions of secret desires, embarrassing habits, hopes and dreams.

The site, which started as an experiment on Blogspot, is updated every Sunday with approximately 20 new pieces which share a relatively constant style, giving all "artists" who participate some guidelines on how their secrets should be represented.

PostSecret encourages lonely, suicidal, emo people, with fucked up pasts, twisted sex lives, and/or disturbing fetishes, to write their deepest, darkest secrets on homemade postcards.

Then, these people mail their works of art with secrets scribbled on them to a man in Maryland that they've never met. He posts them on the internet and publishes them in books, making the secrets thoroughly un-secret. Some believe that having the most embarrassing fact about you on display to the entire world will, of course, prevent you from killing yourself.

PostSecret was originally founded by Frank Warren in response to the Supreme Court ruling that the Catholic Church must end its monopoly on secrets. Now, however, PostSecret continues mainly for the lulz and in the interest of capitalism.

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