Glassholes

Google entered the world’s official lexicon some years ago:

google
Syllabification: goo·gle
Pronunciation: ˈgo͞ogəl

verb
(with object)
Search for information about (someone or something) on the Internet using the search engine Google:
‘I recently googled my 7th grade teacher and found his current e-mail address’
(no object)
she spent the afternoon googling aimlessly’

And now Google has contributed yet another (as yet unofficial) addition to our work-a-day language:

Glasshole

A person who constantly talks to their Google Glass, ignoring the outside world.
Glasshole: “Glass do this, Glass do that.”
Co-rider: Shut the fuck up and enjoy the bus ride!

We have noted the last two years a consistent resistance to Glass, ranging from dive bars in Seattle to right here in Kansas City. Last week Alamo Drafthouse’s Tim League announced the theater chain was banning the devices. He made the announcement via Twitter:

League followed that up with a little more definition on his FB page:

“You can wear them in the building, but they have to be off your face when the lights dim and the previews start. At the Alamo we ask that you turn off your devices before you watch a movie, and this includes devices you wear across the bridge of your nose.”

While that seemed a common sense approach to the situation, we emailed League for more background. Here are his thoughts:

The policy is in line with our general policy of anything that can record video. It is not allowed on any device, and as this is a device that can easily record covertly (and I know the quality restrictions), I find it consistent with our general “no recording” policy. Down the road, we will likely just be more general about this policy.

The other more personal side to this is that I feel movies should be watched without distraction. Why would anyone (apart from those who only have Google Glass as their only corrective eyewear) want to have active Google Glasses on during a movie. I see it as an insult to the content creators. Movies should wash over you and demand our focus.

I hope that helps clarify.

We have to agree with League; movies should engage you, you should be present for every second of a well made film. It’s similar to being present for your children instead of hiding behind a lens on the pretext of ‘capturing the moment.’ A camera, the Glass, sees only what is before it and loses the essence.

Don’t lose the essence. Don’t be a Glasshole.

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