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Google Glass Prompts Attack, Woman Claims

Alleged assault appears to have arisen from a desire not to be videotaped.

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WKash
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2/26/2014 | 10:47:36 PM
Re: Who's Fault?
Rob, you  summed it up well: "...Someone looking for attention. And she got the wrong kind."

That's no excuse for getting robbed and roughed up.  But this incident does illustrate that Google Glass is pushing people's privacy buttons. And the reaction to Google Glass isn't always going to be "Gee Whiz."

 
Laurianne
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2/26/2014 | 5:58:15 PM
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What if it had been a google employee, male or female, wearing an expensive watch or an expensive coat? those folks going to be targeted too? how about someone driving the wrong car near the dive bar? The whole discussion doesn't work for me.
Michael Endler
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2/26/2014 | 5:39:55 PM
Re: Context
I'm not sure it could have happened the same way in NYC. This story is partly about Google Glass-- and in that respect, the confrontation could have happened in any bar in any town. But it's also partly about the perception of tech companies and their employees in San Francisco.

According to the SF Chronicle's account, the people in the bar were upset not only because they thought they were being recorded, but also because they don't like the influx of tech industry employees into the city. The attackers evidently said as much during the confrontation in the bar.

On Tuesday night, in fact, tech workers and housing activists attempted some kind of happy hour in the Mission, a neighborhood where gentrification battles are currently raging. The event evidently turned ugly in less than an hour. Stories like this (or about Google Bus protests, or anti-surveillance protests, or whatever) are in the local news daily.

I wouldn't say that the city is in uproar or anything; it's San Francisco, so there are always protests about something. But a lot of people are upset about rising local inequality, especially since San Francisco now features the most expensive real estate in the country. It's never been an inexpensive city-- but when the median studio apartment runs more than $3,000 per month, you can imagine how many people are on the verge of being priced out of the area. A subset of upset people are directing their anger at the tech industry, whose highly-paid employees are one force driving up rental costs.

I think the city's tech companies are certainly influencing the pace and direction of gentrification, so I understand some of the discontent-- but I don't see how lashing out at techies helps the upset factions to improve their situation. It seems like they've identified the wrong target. A recent editorial in the Chronicle asked what it would be like if the anti-tech activists got their way, and companies like Twitter and Salesforce left the city. I don't think that would be an improvement.

 

 

 

 
Thomas Claburn
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2/26/2014 | 5:19:55 PM
Re: Context
If Slocum were male, would the events of that evening have played out differently? And would people be more or less likely to suggest she brought it on herself?
Laurianne
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2/26/2014 | 4:57:13 PM
Context
Why are people so eager to judge this story in the first place? This story doesn't say much to me about the cultural shift going on in SF; it sounds like a night that went from bad to worse. Could have happened in NYC right?
Michael Endler
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2/26/2014 | 4:57:00 PM
Re: Who's Fault?
Great point. And it's sort of funny. If someone wants to covertly take pictures or video of someone else, Google Glass is actually one of the worst ways to do it, since, as this incident attests, the device is so obvious.
Charlie Babcock
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2/26/2014 | 4:51:28 PM
Punk vs. technophile? Hmmmm,
Google Glass as a flash point for the social tensions in San Francisco, leading to assault and robbery and an outraged posting on Facebook by a contributing editor to a social media news site. Hmmmm. Sounds like the writers of Downton Abbey, fearing unemployment, have taken up another cliche-rich mileau. This seems more like a clash of under-the-influence, late night personalities than technophile vs. punk. For Sarah, I would recommend wearing your Google Glass in Pravda, a stylish watering hole in New York or Copper Mountain, Colo., over Molotov.
Kristin Burnham
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2/26/2014 | 4:15:22 PM
Re: Who's Fault?
Is using Glass really any different than someone using their phone at a bar to surreptitiously video a confrontation? You don't often hear about those problems, but introduc Glass and it becomes a whole new beast.
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2/26/2014 | 4:02:09 PM
Re: Who's Fault?
BY all reports her "dude" threw the first punch at those asking her to not record them. 

None of this story is a blanket statement on life in SF or even about Google Glasses. It is a tiny story about a dumb girl and her obnoxious violent friends with terrible city skills and lack of respect towards other bar patrons, nothing more. She must be incredibly naive (and very drunk as persons who were there report) for thinking Molotov's was the right place to take unwanted pictures of bar goers while calling them "White Trash" at the same time. Did she really think her FRIEND throwing the first punch is not an issue but we should consider getting a towel thrown at her as a violent hate crime? Did she really believe leaving her purse and phone unattended in a bar at 1:30am with a bunch of rough and tumble drunks was a good idea when her friends start a fight? Had she not been so easily scammed out of her belongings there would not even be a story here. How fragile and out of touch is this woman? On her Facebook rant the people who were in the bar are telling a completely different story, or chiding her for exaggerating  With the glasses on perhaps she is living in a special virtual reality where the rules of common sense don't apply."
Somedude8
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2/26/2014 | 2:03:18 PM
Re: Who's Fault?
Sounds like the start of a bad joke "A hipster and Glass walk in to a punk bar".

I can't help but run the movie in my head here:

Hipster/tech person, wearing Glass, walks in to a punk bar in a shady neighborhood. She is probably the only one in the bar with no tatoos, no boots, and no scars. At this point she has two options:

Option 1: Get out. Fast.

Option 2: Stay.

This is a lot like me grabbing my steering wheel, yanking it hard to one side, then blaming Honda that I hit a parked car. This is so beyond any reasonable measure of normal behavior and rection to an obviously bad situation, that I have to wonder if she didn't stage the whole thing. Its too much to believe. This may be like an aspiring celebrities 'leaked' sex tape.
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