Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology (2011)
With wonderful heart and an impressive sense of scale, Tiffany Shlain's vibrant and insightful documentary, Connected, explores the visible and invisible connections linking major issues of our time-the environment, consumption, population growth, technology, human rights, the global economy-while searching for her place in the world during a transformative time in her life. Employing a splendidly imaginative combination of animation and archival footage, plus several surprises, Shlain constructs a chronological tour of Western modernization through the work of her late father, Leonard Shlain, a surgeon and best-selling author of Art and Physics and The Alphabet Versus the Goddess. With humor and irony, the Shlain family life merges with philosophy to create both a personal portrait and a proposal for ways we can move forward as a civilization. Connected illuminates the beauty and tragedy... … More
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Critic Reviews for Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology
A highly energized romp through a myriad of ideas about where the human race is headed.
This pro-Internet "declaration of interdependence" has all the narrative focus of a Twitter feed.
There are a lot of vibes in this film, most of them vaguely positive. If only "Connected" had a stronger center of gravity.
She never figures out what, exactly, the deal is regarding our short attention spans, but her ADD-afflicted film definitely provides evidence that they exist.
Like Shlain's hand-written diagram in which lines twist and knot while linking various subjects, the film resembles not a coherent thesis but a tangle of semi-related ideas.
Shlain struggles to find the thread that connects her father, her upbringing and her own playful curiosity to the complexities of life in the age of texting, tweeting and apps for just about everything.
Perhaps we're evolving into a race of Da Vincis. I think it's vastly more likely we'll continue to streamline methods for sharing cat videos.
Tiffany Shlain's rangy, autobiographic treatise on technology and modern life has a soul, and bristles with a hunger and intellectual vigor lacking in many modern American films.
A combo documentary, memoir, and probe of technology that offers a creative look at the brave new world of interdependence and collaboration.
Audience Reviews for Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology
I saw this at the 2011 Cleveland International Film Fest. Lots of interesting ideas in this doc. Daughter Tiffany makes a film about how it is a small world after all as she thinks about the concepts her father Dr. Leonard Shlain studied. We should think of the world with both hemispheres of our brains. We may want to unplug every now and then to communicate face to face with our friends and neighbors, but the internet today makes us more connected than ever and even is changing the way our neurons fire. Plus because everything is intimately connected neither independence or dependence accurately describe our world. Tiffany demonstrates that the more accurate term is interdependence. Clips from various sources including some Harold Lloyd films as well as the graphics employed make this an entertaining and informative doc.More
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