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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 of human endeavor while boldly championing the importance of personal connectedness for ... Written by
Something this documentary fails to seek an answer for
On one level, the filmmaker does a great job of showing how, through the use of technology, the world is a more connected place. According to her, the number of computers that are connected to the internet is around 2 billion, or roughly a third of the world's population, and there are nearly 5 billion cell phones in use. Those are some incredible numbers.
But where I believe the filmmaker fails is pointing out that social media in many ways makes us less social as people, as we become the masters of our own online domain, where narcissism alienates us on many levels from one another.
There's no doubt that the internet and the rise in cell phone usage is a game changer the likes we are now beginning to see the consequences of. But the world was never meant to be experienced while sitting in front of high resolution screens which keep us simultaneously connected and disconnected from each other. No matter how great the leap in technology is, the best connections with each other come from actually spending time in real life with each other.
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