In 1996, Tiffany Shlain founded the Webby Awards. At the time, the internet often felt like only about 100 people were using it, web blogs was in its infancy (now known as blogs), everyone used IRC and ICQ for instant chat messaging, and Mark Zuckerberg was 12 years old.
Around this time, I was also doing my post-graduate journalism studies. In the day I’d be learning about the 5 Ws crucial to news-writing and, in the night, I’d retreat into a twilight world of internet surfing. It was on one of those nights that I discovered the Webby and Tiffany.
10+ years on, Tiffany is still here – now a world famous internet expert – and a working mother (she’s a filmmaker). Fronting her own online series The Future Starts Here, Tiffany ‘explores what it means to be human as we rush head first into the future’ by covering topics such as tech etiquette, idea porn and the creative process.
In one of the episodes, Motherhood Remixed, Tiffany discusses how the internet, flexible schedules and gender roles have revolutionised what it means to be a parent in today’s world.
It’s only 6 minutes long. So why don’t you have a watch and share your thoughts below.