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.
I 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.