Finding Siri: A Modern Quest for Meaning & Connection.

Via on Oct 13, 2013

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Sometimes I google things—not normal things like the history of velcro (always interesting), or my own name (always a let down)—but things like:

What is happiness?

What is a good job?

What should I do today?

What does it all mean?

Yep. The internet—more specifically, search engines—have become the repository for my biggest questions, my deepest concerns, my endless search for meaning and connection.

Just yesterday I googled:

Question: What would be a good reason to get off of my couch?

Answer(s): Lots of articles about exercising including, “50 Best Exercises for The Muffin Top.”

Conclusion: Google doesn’t get me.

While I was questioning technologies ability to solve my “meaning of life” kind of dilemma, I realized I hadn’t tried talking to someone who is always with me. Someone I can always count on, as long as I keep them far away from liquid, children and follow basic-maintenance requirements. Someone I can trust.

My smart phone.

My smart phone has this magical button, and when I push it it says, “What would you like to do?

I began to make a series of requests to this thing called the galaxy. (Sounds promising.)

Galaxy: What would you like to do?

Me: Find happiness

Galaxy: Connects me to fucking Google

Conclusion: The galaxy is made of Google, and not only does Google does not get me, but now the entire galaxy may not either.

I try—with less hope than before—once more.

Galaxy: What would you like to do?

Me: Find my purpose.

Galaxy: “I have no specific answers for that”  And then just more Google

Conclusion: This modern quest for meaning and connection through technology may be way off base. Or there actually are no specific answers to my questions, so I may as well keep talking to my phone.

I am about to abandon my premise that technology offers an opportunity for a greater understanding of the meaning of things ; but, before I do I am heading out in search of Siri. She is the soul of an even smarter smart phone. She is my last hope. If Siri can’t answer my deepest questions about life, I might have to do things like, ‘discover myself,’ find a way to be ‘peaceful,’ and talk about my ‘feelings.’

(I am really banking on Siri.)

In the meantime I may have to get off of my couch before I also have to deal with this thing called a ‘muffin top.’

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Ed: Sara Crolick

About Meagan Morris

Meg Morris is passionate about human rights, justice and the possibility that we can make a difference by creatively connecting people and ideas. She is currently the Executive Producer for the Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, a live video series broadcast every M/W/F in partnership with Google+. She is also currently working with a team on a documentary short looking at the life, scrap and drugs. Learn more at Before coming to Elelphant Meg worked for Denver based Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking. In 2012 Meg served as the lead author for a study examining trends in prostitution arrests and potential implications for anti-trafficking initiatives. Her commitment to shedding light on issues of exploitation, human rights abuses, and social justice started when she wore Free Nelson Mandela patches to school (Meg wasn't the coolest kid at school) and has never gone away.


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One Response to “Finding Siri: A Modern Quest for Meaning & Connection.”

  1. Jmann says:

    Guess you'll have to rely on your self
    Great and the most important questions
    I hope you find the answers

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