The Daily Show has turned its satirical lens onto Google Glass. Stories of Google Glass Explorers getting attacked, harassed, and expelled from venues are nothing new anymore, though to the average person seeing somebody walking around with Glass, it can be a touch unnerving. As Comedy Central's The Daily Show is apt to do, they dug into that uncomfortableness with comic results.
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Of course, The Daily Show's take on the whole thing is one of absurdity. It's The Daily Show, we'd expect nothing less. But they are also exploiting real concerns about Glass and the soon to be wave of similar "face computers".
"Except our cameras have red lights on them, big crew guys operating them, you signed a release for a national TV show… otherwise, the exact same thing, yeah."
The majority of the piece, not to mention the concern with Google Glass, centers around that: the camera. To make the absurdist point, correspondent Jason Jones wore a cobbled-together headset with an iPhone, instant camera, and microphone, and then walked out in public with it. The results were, as you can imagine, amusing — people aren't going to look at such things as 'normal', and while headsets like Google Glass might someday be part of the norm, it's not something that the public at large is necessarily comfortable with at this time.
And it doesn't help that The Daily Show picked up some Glass wearers that were all too willing to push the bounds of what would be considered acceptable by actively recording when out and about. Not that it's any different than people doing the same thing with a cell phone — it's just that you can use both of your hands.
Source: The Daily Show