Tiffany Shlain: On Interdependence

If a butterfly flaps its wings in Beijing, it is arguable whether or not it will trigger a tornado in Topeka, however, there is a strong case to be made for how we, as humans, indirectly impact one another. But is our connectedness a sign of harmonic convergence or just a reflection of the chaos in Chaos Theory. On the one hand, you might bemoan a susceptibility to pandemics brought on by global trade and travel. On the other, you might crow about the power of social media for enabling the Arab Spring. In between, there’s Facebook and meet-ups and text messages and more ways to stay in touch than, for which, even AT&T has figured to charge us.

Filmmaker-philosopher Tiffany Shlain (@tiffanyshlain) believes modern technology has the power to change our world for the better and sees signs that it already is, which she documents in her new movie, CONNECTED: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology, which craftily blends sentimental memoir with collage time capsule, exploring the links between disparate members of society as well between daughter and father, specifically her (dying) dad, best-selling author Leonard Shlain (Art & Physics; The Alphabet Versus the Goddess; Sex, Time, and Power: How Women’s Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution).

When Tiffany visits Warren (@thewarrenreport) at The High Bar* (@thehighbar), she shares her positive outlook while raising a toast to and the bar for… Interdependence.



For more conversation about interdependence, (re)visit The High Bar episodes with special guests Miranda July on Connectivity and Monica Guzman Preston on Community.

CONNECTED is in theaters near you; check the film’s Facebook page for more details.

Shot on location, this week, at Maxwell’s Restaurant + Lounge in Tacoma, WA.


  • Well this little interview gave me a boost this morning, and it is much better than the cup of coffee I was craving. Tiffany reminds me that I have a choice in everything I think and do. Thanks for that. Cool hat too.

  • Mariellen

    Beautifully shot. It’s a cliche but you both looked beautiful on the inside and out. I think we all need to feel positive to thrive, and that can be very hard at times.

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