Blurring the Boundaries… Survival in the 21st Century
November 6, 2013 § Leave a comment
Connected – Tiffany Shlain
Documentary explores the effects of being wired
Connected is a documentary by Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain, that explores the global implications for being wired in the 21st Century. The film, which took four years to make and partly focuses on Ms Shlain’s connection with her dying father, attempts to explain the underpinnings of why humans choose to connect with one another through technology. After exchanging a series of roughly 30 emails with Ms Shlain and her production staff, the BBC’s Matt Danzico spoke to the film-maker about the broader implications of staying wired to the internet
Advertisement is absolutely everywhere. It’s a rare occasion if you go out and don’t see any forms of advertisement.
- UK consumers spend about half of our waking hours connected (45% of our time)
- 3 Hours 45 mins (TV)
- We use several types of media at the same time
The Medium is the Message
“The most extraordinary quality of McLuhan’s mind is that is discerns significance where others see only data, or nothing; he tells us how to measure phenomena previously unmeasurable.”
New Media Culture
We see our pieces of technology as a living thing, we talk to them when they crash etc. This is because they are such a strong part of our day to day life, we struggle to even imagine working without them.
Social Impact of New Media
“We are witnessing the evolution of a universal interconnected network of audio, video, and electronic text communications that will blur the distinction between interpersonal and mass communication and between public and private communication.” – Newman (2003)
This is our online self, our Facebook and Twitter selves need maintaining – sometimes more than we do!
Amber Case – Are we cyborgs?
Stefana Broadbent – How internet enables intimacy
Jan Chipchase – Precious Things – Hierarchy of Needs
Keys, money and phone are the things we leave the house with and research shows this is because of survival for ourselves and our loved ones. The art of delegation – 799 million illiterate people world wide, these people are the masters of delegation. Delegation is where you pass off things onto other people. Illiterate people (can’t read or write) are able to let other people do it for them because they literally can’t.