What Have We Become? Connected Film Dissects Our Dependence on Digital Connection


Image: Screen shot from Connected trailer

"We as humans have accumulated so much knowledge. Why do we have such a hard time seeing the bigger picture?" That's one of the questions Director Tiffany Shlain asks in her new film Connected.

In addition to assessing our relationship to technology and how we've become addicted to IMs, emails, tweets and check-ins, the film asks some important questions we'll need to answer in order to address problems like unsustainable consumerism, collapsing economies and global climate change. Watch the trailer below:
What Have We Become?
I don't know about you, but Shlain's story of the creeping urge to check-in with the world through her phone, while trying to enjoy a real-life connection with a friend definitely hit home for me. I'm embarrassed to admit I've had similar situations and I know enough of us have had similar problems that there's something going on here worth discussing.

We have major problems to fix and I've written recently about how technology and social media can help promote sustainability and science, but as great as these new tools can be, we also need to maintain mental well-being and a clear-head, which means knowing when and how to disconnect.

Most of the early screening dates have passed (not too late for you, Denver! Connected is showing 10/28 at the Landmark Chez Artiste), but I hope this film will resonate with people and reach a wider audience. In the meantime, there are a few more clips from the film on the film's YouTube page, including this short film on the topic of a new Declaration of Interdependence.

Have you seen the film? Let us know what you thought. Learn more about the project at the Connected site or on Facebook.

On Twitter? I'm @ChrisTackett