Everyone Has an Something to Say About Google Glass

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Don’t Understand. On so many levels.

By now you had to have seen or read something about Google’s newest gift to society, Google Glass. The new eyewear that serves as your new smartphone and laptop and camera all in one.  And, as with most new technologies, people are terrified. The concern is privacy; which is as old as the initial portable camera. This NY Times piece talks about the concerns that people had with cellphone cameras, and still apparently have with the prospect of Google Glass. Which is kind of hard to accept – that people still think that where people just naturally go; the uncivilized way with our new toys.

AdWeek Mentions:“To be fair to Google, there’s never been a high-tech gadget like Google Glass and certainly not any social mores to go along with it.”

Mores build on experience, they aren’t something we’re born with. We all learned how to use cameras and what is acceptable – although with Instagram and Snapchat that’s certainly still evolving. Was food always this documented? Probably not.

Even more so people already think that people who wear (or will wear rather) are jerks. And even Google’s developers aren’t super excited to wear them all the time, or even some of the time.

This video does a great job describing how creepy things can get.

It seems like a good way to completely loose grasp on reality to me. Whatever that is now. We are already so wrapped up in our phones – when we’re not in front of computer screens – this would take away (potentially) the precious time we have without technology involved. I’m not a neo-luddite or anything, I just think we’re moving way beyond necessity.

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Lastly, they look ridiculous. I’m waiting for some sort of re-design more along the lines of existing eyewear shapes (they actually might have something in the works with Warby Parker). But still, aside from that I’m just not that interested in them. In fact, I’m trying to interact less with technology and more face-to-face (sans creepy future eyewear).

Did you pre-order? Do you think it’s okay places have already banned them? What would you like to see people do with them ultimately?

About Christina Pfeffer

Christina attended the University of Cincinnati where she majored in Communications (with a focus in Mass Media and Rhetoric) and minored in Fine Arts and Art History. She worked at the Cincinnati Art Museum in Institutional Advancement where she managed volunteers and fundraisers, until jumping ship to advertising.

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