See Through Glass

Google Glass

Google Glass

Journalism has been adapting to smart phones, social media, and quickening pace of breaking news. People want to know the story while it is happening instead of hours or even days later. Google is getting close to unleashing a new device that will cause even more change. Google Glass is on the way and it will change the already evolving news industry.

Glass gives users the ability to record events from their point of view, and these recordings will give viewers a first hand look at the action. What a powerful tool for journalists. While the journalists themselves will potentially be prohibited from wearing their google glass in some situations, it will still be possible to send in “citizen journalists” to capture the event.

It is already common to see viewer taken pictures of big events such as natural disasters or acts of terrorism. However, Glass will give audiences a first person view of what is going on. It is also super easy to capture a video, which could turn us all into videojournalists.

My big concern is privacy. How will I know if someone is recording me? Some believe that Google Glas will cause us as a society to become more detached from each other. I would certainly be more reserved with my behavior if I suspected I was being recorded. Think reality TV but all the time.

star_trek_jordyI think Google Glass is a good thing and just the first step in this new direction. After cell phones, it was only a matter of time before something like Glass. They are a little clunky and remind me of Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge, but I am confident that they will become sleeker in no time. I’m anxious to try them out.


One thought on “See Through Glass

  1. Scott Reed says:

    Some tweaks:

    – The caption beneath Google Glass is a missed opportunity. What do you want us to be looking for here? What do you want us to walk away with? Consider how a caption like “Google Glass beta tests have been in progress since October 2012” can create a tone for the post, but “Google Glass: Helping Women Smile at Imaginary Friends Since 2012” creates another. Your choice, just use the moment. In either event, include image credits. It came from somewhere.

    – Tone. If this is indeed a Career post, then I need to hear from Katie the would-be journalist. In paragraph 4, the tone and direction becomes personal. (Note the use of “I” and “my” throughout.) Keep the idea, but frame it in terms of abstract truths: “As journalists, we should be concerned about privacy. In a profession that relies on clear distinctions between on- and off-the-record utterances, the ubiquity of Google Glass challenges….” Make it about the IDEA. By all means, use your personal discomfort as a stepping stone, but do it early. Get past yourself and into the subject matter. Here, you do the opposite: start with the facts only to fall back towards yourself. Reverse the flow and you’ve got a stronger, more professional result.

    – Organization. I made the point about talking “on-the-record” because your critical fourth paragraph also fumbles the point you were working on. Is your worry about privacy or about detachment? What does either have to do with journalism, anyway? The lack of focus cripples what had been an interesting, if broad, discussion. When dealing with something like this, find a fulcrum you can use. For instance, tap into a recent news story where Google Glass could have made an impact. Citizen journalism played a big role in the Boston Marathon bombing; how would this new tech have changed the equation for better or worse? The illustration not only challenges you to concretize your points; it gives you a topic your audience already cares about to build off of.

    Week 6: 9/10

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