Tiffany Shlain is referring to the Internet when she quotes naturalist John Muir: “When you tug at a single thing in the universe, you find it’s attached to everything else.”

Shlain is a filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards (the “Oscars of the Internet”), She helped popularize the practice of the “tech shabbat” with her own family by setting 24 unplugged hours each week.

Obviously, she doesn’t hate the the Net, but she wants some restraint in our technology-enhanced lives. She sees the Net as our global brain and wants us to take care of it better.

Listen to Tiffany Shlain talking about “Growing Up the Internet” on