I guess we’ve all heard about this broad who was at Molotov on Haight Street and got in a fight with some cool kids over her wearing Google glasses. If you’re unfamiliar, read all about it on the LA Times here, featuring video from CBS5’s (and friend of Slow News Day!) Joe Vazquez. Or read all about it on SFist, which is EVEN MORE OUR FRIEND!
Seriously, watch the video because CBS5 Joe interviews some bar patrons that are of the “this was her fault” opinion. As someone who often takes pictures of people in public, mainly tourists for my “Tourist Trapped” column on another website, I am now suddenly afraid some hipster might kick my ass. It’s legal to photograph or video someone in a public place. But is there a line of when it’s cool and when it’s not?
Probably. For example, WHEN I am a celebrity, it will not be cool to photograph me eating fast food in the driver’s seat of my car.
The Google glass woman was apparently in a “punk rock” bar and thus, unwelcome with her Google glass whereas, it seemed implied that at some sort of techie d-bag bar, her “eyewear” would be more welcome. Take it to The Brixton, ma’am!
I still do not get the point of that hideous, embarrassing Google Glass, but I am sure it is something we will all find no big deal in the future. Right now, I’m like my uncle who didn’t want to get a cell phone because he felt no need to “keep up with the Joneses.” Now he texts me on the regular. At some point, we have to accept that you can wear computer glasses now… unless you’re at a bar that is “pretty punk rock.” Agree?