Google Glass inspires etiquette guide and SNL mockery
Lauren Crabbe | Published: May 7, 2013 at 18:46 UTC27
Since Google Glass was first announced, the public reaction has been a mix of intrigue and horror — alternating between "this is the visible decline of humanity" and "I want one on my face right now." One of the biggest complaints about Google's wearable camera is that it will interrupt normal human interaction.
Even Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says that we will have "develop some new social etiquette" to accommodate the new technology. In response, the Wall Street Journal has done just that.
The Wall Street Journal's "Google Glass: An Etiquette Guide" steps users through the best ways to not freak people out while wearing Glass. Some of the best tips are "be courteous and take the device off in locker rooms, public bathrooms, business meetings, movie theaters and anywhere else where wielding a camera would be improper or offensive" and "don't be creepy." (The latter is good advice even if you aren't wearing a computer on your face.)
Here's an excerpt from the article:
Always remember: You have a camera on your head.
And there's no way for others to tell whether that camera is on or off. Sure, people might notice the tiny screen near your eye sparkling when they look closely. But that could be anything from a text message to an episode of "Parks and Recreation." Naturally, people are going to be spooked out about whether or not you're recording them.
How do you assuage their fears? Don't say, "Well, there are probably cameras recording you right now that you don't know about," or "It'd be easier for me to secretly snap a picture of you with my phone." That all may be true, but still—you have a camera on your head. It's practically a third eye. People have every right to feel uncomfortable. Acknowledge that.
On the opposite end of the media spectrum, Google Glass has made its way into Saturday Night Live. Comedian Fred Armisen portrays a wide-eyed tech blogger who is unable to see the flaws in Google Glass or how it is affecting his behavior. Not only is the scene a great impression of a typical prototype Glass user (and, yes, there's a Tumblr for that), it is an awesome satire of the overenthusiastic tech blogging community that is all too quick to ignore the flaws in a device because of its high-tech coolness.
You can watch it here: