We already know about The Church of Google, but in the latest issue of American Atheist, Tucker Lieberman and Richard Wassersug examine the idea of “Google as God” a bit more seriously (though with a sense of humor about it).
The article is short but very interesting — it’s not available at the American Atheists website yet, but Lieberman has a PDF on his website:
Yet, in other ways, the Google company oversees its virtual kingdom with empyreal exquisiteness. Its stated higher purpose is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Its followers — Googlers, if you will — rely on its search engine as the main directory of all knowledge and consider any piece of information not known to Google to be effectively non-existent or irrelevant.
Here we examine the behavior of Googlers in the light of commonly recognized religious practices and review Google’s qualifications as a god in the classical mold. We ask whether Google requires anything of us morally and how it might lead us to a better life.
If I worship Google and Wolfram Alpha, does that make me a polytheist?