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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:49 PM

'Glassholes'

Wearing Google Glass made users feel like they didn’t have to connect with the actual humans around them. “I’m elsewhere — even though I appear to be staring right at you.” Frankly the people who wore Google Glass were afraid of the people around them. And Glass gave them a strange transparent hiding place. A self-centered context for suffering through normal moments of uncomfortable close proximity. Does it matter that everyone around you is more uncomfortable for it?

At least with a hand-held phone there was no charade. The very presence of the device in hand, head down, was a clear flag alerting bystanders to the momentary disconnect. “At the moment, I’m not paying attention to you.”


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Suddenly we all realized what poor multi-taskers these people really were. Any wearer who actually wanted to interact with the real world quickly found they had to keep taking off their Google Glasses and stowing them, or else everyone got mad.

It was simply deemed unacceptable to wear them persistently. And in fact users reported to having been socially pressured to use them quite a lot as they had previously used their phones. Pulling them out as needed. Which utterly defeated the purpose. On some level – that’s what broke Google Glass. It wasn’t what it was supposed to be. It wasn’t persistent. It was more cumbersome and socially uncomfortable than the previous paradigm.

People who left them on in social situations were openly called “glassholes”.


http://theinteractivist.com/messages-from-the-future-the-fate-of-google-glass

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Cleita Feb 2013 #1
CBGLuthier Feb 2013 #2
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FSogol Feb 2013 #4
Cleita Feb 2013 #5
nykym Feb 2013 #6

Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:51 PM

1. Weird. Kind of like a high tech ostrich head in the ground approach. n/t

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:51 PM

2. wonder how much Apple paid him to write this?

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Response to CBGLuthier (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:55 PM

3. Why would they? Google Glasshole Glasses are compatible with iPhones.

Apple will make more money on them than Google ever will.

Apple has made more money off of Android than Google has (they've lost billions).

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Response to CBGLuthier (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:56 PM

4. We'll all have a good laugh when Apple comes out with some i-glasses

and the Apple cult begins to laud them.

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Response to CBGLuthier (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:57 PM

5. Since the author has put up his bio,

http://theinteractivist.com/author/

There might be a clue there as to why he is saying this.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:48 PM

6. Shades of

They Live

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