Thursday, December 15, 2011
When You Call Me Big Papa
My son has the new iPhone 4s that comes with a personal assistant named Siri. I was unaware that Siri learns about the phone owner and uses that information at later times. When issuing commands or requests to this new apple product, Siri will respond by calling you by name. While driving through the city tonight, I heard my son, who was sitting in the passenger seat, inform Siri that he liked it when she called him Big Papa. I instantly found this both odd and creepy, but even more peculiar was Siri's response...."Okay Master Brodnax, from now on I will refer to you as Big Papa." I wondered just how bizarre this could get and then decided it was best to let sleeping dogs lie. I had not noticed that my son was going by the name Master Brodnax and had also failed to recognize that somewhere along the line he picked up the phrase Big Papa. Little did I know this was an internet fad and people around the globe were asking Siri to call them Big Papa. Big Papa conjures up all kinds of images, good and bad. It also brings into play images of women lovingly referring to their "man" as Big Papa. I can't say I have ever used that term and I'm not sure it could fall from my lips without a giggle. Siri says it with no giggle or stumble and I wonder what kind of gal refers to a man as Big Papa with true sincerity, as Siri does. I picture the Apple personal assistant as a woman with good shoes, a sharp wit, and cutting edge. Could this be the kind of woman who has a "Big Papa" in her life? I realize she isn't real and perhaps I should find the lesson in this that some things should not be over-analyzed. So what if my seventeen year old son finds humor in having an electronic personal assistant who uses terms of endearment when speaking to him. I suppose the true concern should be when he brings home a date who refers to him as Big Papa. Now that would be disturbing. Perhaps I should get the iPhone 4S, change it to the male voice and ask it to call me Sweet Mama.