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The On Being Project

Jonny Sun

Jokes Make the World a Little Less Lonely

“Humor is a tool for inclusion and for making everyone realize: we're all together on this.”

Jonny Sun has formed a devoted community of almost half a million followers on Twitter — tweeting through his alter ego, a lonely alien who views the world as an outsider, with curiosity and wonder. His tweets alternate between silly jokes and insightful, almost Zen-like, poetry. Through his words, he makes the world feel a little less lonely.

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    Jonathan Sun

    is an interdisciplinary researcher, designer, engineer, artist, comedian, author, and playwright. He is a PhD candidate at MIT in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and a 2016-2017 Berkman Klein Fellow at Harvard. His book is Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too. He tweets @jonnysun.