The Internet As a New “God”

Technology as a metaphor for spirituality, mysticism, or even “god” is a rare concept. Something we create ourselves must be “less” than ourselves…how then can we revere it as greater or mystical? Such is the typical line of reasoning, at any rate.

Still, technology–like art or faith–is a creation of the human mind; and it can hold meaning and metaphor. Technology echoes our failings and inabilities, as we seek to use it to make us faster, stronger, or smarter. It reveals our deepest desires to be connected with each other, even around the globe. And it belies our fear of death, as we use it to extend our lives or our legacy after death.

The internet itself is no exception. It is an entity with limits too extensive for any single human to learn. It combines a hundred million intents at once and creates structures no one would have foretold. It is the manner by which 7 billion people can finally produce something “greater” than themselves…or, at least, unpredictable.

And, as a product of ourselves, it too holds its similarities:

“Our God, the internet, is eerily similar to the gods of old. As it’s really just a huge mess of loosely connected individuals, its behavior tends to reflect our predispositions. It acts quickly, and often without due consideration. It has a short attention span. It likes babies, and things that are physiologically similar to babies. And much like our ancestors, we hold ceremonies to worship our idols and form angry mobs to make our points clear.”