"Magellan was an explorer. Chuck Yeager was an explorer. You guys have a f***ing camera on your face." This was just one of the observations made by Jason Jones of "The Daily Show" Thursday night.
Jones sat down with six of the more famous Google Glass Explorers in America. (None was Newt Gingrich.) Each Explorer had a story to tell about being allegedly mistreated or assaulted for wearing Glass, Google's $1500 high-tech specs.
In an enlightening segment, Jones met with the likes of Cecilia Abadie, who managed to successfully fight a traffic ticket for wearing Glass while driving. Abadie convinced a San Diego court her headset was turned off at the time. There was Nick Starr, who was asked to leave a Seattle restaurant for refusing to take off his Glass. He was subsequently called, by the restaurant, a man-child stinkin' up the joint. Jones also spoke with Sarah Slocum, who described the way she was treated at a bar in San Francisco's Haight neighborhood while wearing Glass as a "Haight crime." Or should that have been "hate crime"?
"Hold on a second," Jones asked, as they were telling their tales of woe. "What the f*** have you all got on your faces?"
As the Glass wearers tried to justify their use of the gadget, Jones was colored deeply skeptical. He asked them, "Do you guys hear yourselves when you talk?"
Slocum, who alleges she was robbed and assaulted at a bar earlier this year after demonstrating Glass' video function for friends, insisted that everyone will be wearing Google Glass eventually. "The thing is, they're going to be wearing these things, probably within a year," she said.
Such optimism. Or should that be delusion? It's attitudes like those espoused by some of these six Explorers that have caused even Google to beg users not to behave like Glassholes.
Starr tried to explain to Jones that Glass was better than a cell phone because it kept him in the "here and now." Starr said he could still look in Jones' direction while using Glass. Yet when Jones asked Starr to look at his Glass, he noticed: "You weren't looking at me."
"I'm looking in your general direction," declared Starr.
As the Explorers tried to explain that Glass was far more convenient and less insulting to others than staring down at a cell phone, Jones wondered whether the look up to right corner of the Glass wasn't "just as douchey." So the voice-over eschewed the term even Google acknowledges -- Glassholes -- in favor of "Eyedouches."
The Explorers must have known that they would likely be the butts of humor on "The Daily Show." Still, the segment offered little more than their own humorlessness and self-righteousness. This might have been exacerbated by editing, of course.
In the end, if the Explorers were hoping that this would somehow be a fine advertisement for Google Glass, they were mistaken.