Movie Time – Connected , PressPausePlay and (dis)Connected

Digital culture and the fact of being in the connected revolution are the themes driving this movies /documentaries entering theatres this fall. From my point of view, both a must see, since they deal with hot topics regarding our every day society.


Just think about this basic questions? Do they apply to you as well?

Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your email?
Slept with your laptop?
Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all?

If so, or when these questions sound familiar, director Tiffany Shlain takes you on an exhilarating rollercoaster with the movie connected. In search of what it means to be connected in the 21st century. Equal parts documentary and memoir, the film unfolds during a year in which technology and science literally become a matter of life and death for the director. As Shlain’s father battles brain cancer and she confronts a high-risk pregnancy, her very understanding of connection is challenged. Using a brilliant mix of animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprising ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large. A personal film with universal relevance, Connected explores how, after centuries of declaring our independence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead.
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After watching both trailers, you might want to check out: what’s next?
Reactions are always welcome though the comment section….but this movies, the film really got me thinking!


Is different kind of movie….not a documentary, more a philosophical anthem on digital culture, the fear and hope which are surrounding it. Popular artist show us insights on how the digital culture invades in our lives and what it does to us and our society.
This movie is build around several questions, and an esthetically approach with 21st digital “celebs” like Moby, Robin, … but also Seth Godin, …


An MTV production, so something completely different…but interesting as well! Check  out the trailer and show!



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7 comments on “Movie Time – Connected , PressPausePlay and (dis)Connected
  1. Carlos Romero says:

    I think this post is really true, and every day, little by little, one of us is going to be more “addicted” to the new tecnologies feeling the need to be connected with the others, but not have to be dangerous if we know how to spend enough time in front of our computer or our tablet. Moreover, I think that spend a short period of time per day reading a real book or newspapper or playing guitar (for example) are things that Internet and social network never can’t change.

  2. Judith Bote says:

    Can we unplug our minds of Internet for one week? Personally, I would say definitely not. I’m sure that I would be part of my time thinking if someone has send me an e-mail or if there is a new notification in my Facebook profile. Texting, chatting or mailing have become a daily routine for me. Am I an addict? I don’t think so but I recognize that I’m influenced by the society.

    What happens if someone decides not to be on Twitter or Facebook? Will he be excluded? Would we look at him as if he was a extraterrestrial person? I think that watching both documentaries we will realize how dependant we are of the technology. Nowadays, iPads and Smartphone’s give us the opportunity to be connected everywhere and at any time. We necessarily don’t have to be at home in front of the screen. Is it good or bad for our society? I would say that balance should be the answer. Having internet connection can be very useful when for example you are waiting for important documents. But what about when we are spending a day out with your family or friends? If we are constantly checking the latest news or our profile, would we be really enjoying the day?

    I think that for a few minutes we should disconnect and think about it. Internet offers as lot of advantages but it is our responsibility how we use it.

  3. Ben De Swert says:

    I really can find myself in what Moby said in the trailer of the movie “PressPausePlay”: ““In the olden days of 30, 40, 50 years ago, people didn’t make things, you know, like some people would go to photography exhibits, people would go buy records, and there were professional artists. And now everybody’s a photographer, everybody’s a filmmaker, everybody’s a writer, everybody’s a musician.”

    I have the feeling digital culture is always moving, always changing. Indeed everyone is now a photographer, even with your cellphone you can take pictures and spread them directly on the internet. At that moment you’re even faster than a photographer. I really love the progress that technology has made.

    With all this new possibilities, I think, everyone has the opportunity to become famous or to create things they love.

  4. Svenja says:

    Those two trailers really makes one aware again of the both sides if this huge progress: opportunities like never before, but also dangers, which certainly don’t have to be ignored or underestimated!

    It is really amazing how many possibilities we have today to express ourselves and also share this with the whole world. If you think deeper about that evolution it is getting more and more obvious why older people are struggling so much to keep up with all these innovations…..
    Already we as digital natives are in some areas just overwhelmed by the opportunities and it is sometimes hard to get the big picture again. Because with all these new chances also the pressure is rising…. the pressure on our own persons to express ourselves, to make something special, to become special…..

    and there is no universal solution for every person… one really needs to get in touch with it and take the things out of this process which most suit ourselves.

    In my opinion this development brought one very important aspect up again: it emphasizes the high priority and responsibilities of the younger generations! WE have to internalize it, WE have to implement it, WE have to develop it and later we to pass it on to the NEW generations….

  5. I am most definitely going to watch the documentary “Connected”. It’s so true that the technology is evolving so fast and that we can’t live without it. I think most of the people in the world can’t live without the possibility of checking their emails or going on facebook where and whenever they can.

  6. Although a lot of what was said in the first two trailers is really recognizable, I think they kind of overreact. I never had the urge to sneak to the bathroom and check my emails or text someone. The people that do are a minority group. The overload however is something, I think, that happens or has happened to almost everyone. Sometimes you don’t want to talk to people, you don’t want to know what happened. And people do unplug, like the narrator said (Am I the only one who thinks he sounds like Jeff Bridges?).

    The second film (PressPauzePlay) is a film I’m most certainly am going to watch. The things Moby say are true, and I think really positive. It’s true that in the 20’s to 60’s people didn’t create that much themselves, they went to watch, hear, feel things created by others. Thanks to social media en digital culture people get the tools to create their own music, pictures, movies, … and not only that but they also get a chance to show it to people. You don’t have to rent the MoMa in New york to show people your paintings, or you don’t have to make an expensive vinyl-pressing for people to hear your music.

    Although it’s the cause of a lot of “crap” (pardon my french) on the internet, it’s also the source of thoughts for a still on-going digital revolution. And I’m happy to be in it!

  7. Emma Armstrong says:

    I find that sometimes the way people speak about the digital age is a little bit exaggerated, like the first trailer. Then I think maybe it’s because I don’t own a smartphone, or maybe it’s because I live in Europe and we’re still behind the USA in that obsession of constant updates amongst friends and even strangers half the time. And sometimes a part of me is hoping that I’ll never come to know that obsession with technology more than I already do, as what it is now is enough to handle. I think that is probably the reason why I keep putting off purchasing that andriod..

    But I think that a lot of students are able to relate to not being able to ‘unplug’ themselves from the digital world, regardless of how ‘into’ the technological world they are – whether they’re a complete iGeek to just casually checking out the apps and websites that all their friends are. We all know that feeling of needing a piece of information but not having access and the frustration that comes along with it. We’ve come to rely so much on our gadgets keeping us constantly in the loop of what’s going on that we’ve completely forgot how we ever got along without them before. The odd time I’ll get a dose of reality (is it reality? the old reality?) from my dad who hasn’t yet turned digital and his little reminders of how the world worked before 24/7 google searches. Recently he asked me if I knew where the atlas in our house was so he could check up some information about the capital of a country that had been bothering him that day. Unable to find it, he let that curiosity wear off and went on with his day. Never the thought to turn on the laptop and conduct a Google search and find out everything about that capital, country and so much more had even occurred to him. To me, that is bizarre. But to him, I’m from another planet also.

    Although so many advantages come from the digital age – like Moby comments on how everyone can be a artist if they want to. Not only restricted to art, no matter what your principle interest or study area is just through the internet alone and with enough time a person can make themselves an expert – on literally any topic. Although it is definitely important to log out from time to time, disconnect yourself from all your virtual (and sometimes insignificant) activities, it is overall an amazing age to be witnessing the start of, and all these documentaries and films are reflecting this.

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