By: Sherry Levine, Regular Contributor
Just watched the movie Her. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly suggest you do. If you have seen it, whoa right? I love a movie that makes you think about yourself and the world. This movie made me do both.
There was an idea touched upon in this movie that I don’t feel was as obvious as how the movie comments on our obsession with technology: the idea of communication. In addition to many, many other subjects covered in this incredibly mind-blowing film, communication stuck out most to me. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s no secret that the main character embarks upon a relationship with his operating system. It is a relationship built solely on speaking and sharing experiences through a camera.
First off, I want to comment on how amazing it is to see a movie so intensely a product of its time. Her is a movie that would only work right now, in early 2014. Taking a subject that is so prevalent and relevant to today, like dependence on technology, or more importantly, social technology and creating an exaggerated world around it was so enjoyable to watch. I loved this movie for taking us to this place, this oh-so-familiar place.
Aside from this obvious commentary on our superfluous use and dependence on social technologies, I feel the portrayal of the power of connecting through communication was most exciting for me. In some way, these two ideas do go hand in hand. Although some would argue the counter, that using social technologies is no way to communicate at all, I beg to differ! Some may argue that this idea of being in a relationship with our technological devices is both unnatural and harmful. Some see it as a commentary on our obsession with our iPhones or iPads. I almost see it as the opposite: as commentary on the power of this communication, the realness of this communication, and the ability of this communication, and any communication that may not be face to face, to still bring people close together.
The main character falls completely in love with his operating system. Not through holding hands with it, or looking into its eyes, or touching its hair, but through communicating with it and sharing with it his experiences throughout the day with a camera. Some may see this as the problem! Why is he so obsessed with this device, this computer, that isn’t real? But for him it is real, and becomes real through simply talking to it. There’s so much chatter regarding the genuine connections behind this way of being social, of being social through our phones. I’ve written about this before. I believe that although different than what most people remember “being social” to be, this is our way of being social. Today. In 2014.
The operating system in the movie evolves. It evolves into a thing with feelings. And it never stops evolving. Just like humans never stop evolving. Although we may evolve and change slower than a computer or operating system, which has so much knowledge at its fingertips, we do most definitely evolve and change. Our brains change. The world around us changes. I feel this is so important to remember. Yes we are in a different time, with different ways to connect and relate to each-other than in the past. But this is today. And we are the present. And if it wasn’t different, if we weren’t evolving, changing and learning, we wouldn’t be alive at all.
I am Sherry Levine. A 26-year-old woman committed to supporting and inspiring women in any way I can. With my contributions to I AM THAT GIRL and my life-coaching program Generation Teen, designed to provide guidance to everyday teen girls, it is my mission to encourage and empower all women to create the happiest and most fulfilling life possible.
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