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Tracing a Technological God: A Psychoanalytic Study of Google and the Global Ramifications of its Media Proliferation
by Fazzolari, Benton, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2017, 228; 10610474
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation makes the connection between the human drive, as described by psychoanalysis, to construct God and the construction of the technological entity, Google. Google constitutes the extension of the early Christian period God to the twenty-first century. From the examination of significant religious and theological texts by significant theologians (Augustine, Thomas, Luther, Calvin, etc.) that explain the nature of God, the analogous relationship of God to Google will open a psychoanalytic discourse that answers questions on the current state of human mediation with the world. Freud and, more significantly, Lacan’s work connects the human creation of God, ex nihilio, to Google’s godly qualities and behaviors (omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, and omnibenevolence). This illustrates the powerful motivation behind the creation of an allencompassing physical / earthly entity that includes the immaterial properties of God.

Essentially, Google operates as the extension or replacement of the long reigning God in Western culture. Furthermore, the advent of science and technology through rationalism (as outlined by Nietzsche) results in the death of the metaphysical God and the ascension of the technological God. Google offers an appropriate example for study. Moreover, the work of Jean Baudrillard and Marshall McLuhan will further comment on Google as the technological manifestation of God, particularly in its media formulations. Finally, this dissertation concludes with a review that highlights future research with an exploration that foresees the death of Google from the same rational method of inquiry by which the death of God occurred at the end of the nineteenth century.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Conrod, Frederic
School: Florida Atlantic University
Department: Comparative Studies
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy, Multimedia Communications, Mass communications
Keywords: Baudrillard, Jean, Google, Nietzsche, Fredrich, Psychoanalysis
Publication Number: 10610474
ISBN: 978-1-369-84906-6
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