[Noisebridge-discuss] Google Glass at the space?

hep dis at gruntle.org
Tue Apr 15 18:34:41 UTC 2014

FYI: I am super uncomfortable with comparisons of tech people wearing
visible items like Glass that they can willingly take off any time, and PoC
or Communities of Color where people are unable to ever escape their
visible minority status. These kinds of analogies to experiences co-opted
from Communities of Color are a huge part of the problem that PoC activists
face, and it sucks to see Noisebridge going that route. Let's not do that.


On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 11:23 AM, Lupita Berries <garyberries at gmail.com>wrote:

> whoa. what did i just read
> On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM, Dean Mao <dean.mao at hackerdojo.com>wrote:
>> Yeah, I think most of the stigma against the google glass is a similar
>> stigma against the google busses.  Wearing a Google glass flags you as a
>> bourgeoisie.  It's strange to discuss it here at NB where there's probably
>> a higher percentage of high-wage tech people here than most places, if you
>> subtract the homeless who sleep at NB.
>> It's weird to be paranoid about the glass since it has an obvious video
>> camera on it.  It's like how many americans are paranoid about
>> brown-skinned people because they are a similar race as many terrorists in
>> the middle east.  They must be terrorists if they have brown skin right?  I
>> feel especially sorry toward the Sikhs who wear a turban and probably look
>> the most like a terrorist even though there hasn't been any Sikhs who have
>> committed terrorism.
>> On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 10:19 AM, Adrian Chadd <adrian.chadd at gmail.com>wrote:
>>> On 15 April 2014 10:14, Dean Mao <dean.mao at hackerdojo.com> wrote:
>>> > So I've used the Glass before, and it's not something that is
>>> constantly
>>> > recording.  If people wanted to record other people secretly, there
>>> are so
>>> > many other gadgets out there that will do it too.  It feels weird to
>>> ban one
>>> > specific gadget on the basis of a capability that is not used very
>>> often.
>>> > If NB was actually worried about people recording each other, they
>>> should
>>> > ban smartphones since the video cam on phones are used more often than
>>> any
>>> > other gadget in existence.
>>> And not just that:
>>> http://www.banggood.com/SC-Leather-Belt-Camera-Watch-Video-HD-PC-Webcam-Function-Support-32GB-TF-Card-p-921690.html
>>> There's quite a few recording watches that you can buy.
>>> Healthy paranoia is healthy. But this focus on Glass reeks of
>>> something else. It's an obvious social status indicator and it almost
>>> "feels" like you're being watched. (Heh, get it? I said watch. Like a
>>> time-keeping device.Blah, whatever. You get the idea.) It has a lot of
>>> stigma against it and it's very public.
>>> -a
>> --
>> Dean Mao
>> dean.mao at hackerdojo.com
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