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Monday, April 14, 2014

Google Glass-Wearer Claims He Was Attacked in the Mission District

Posted By on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 1:48 PM

The war against Google Glass seems to have ratcheted up in San Francisco, with yet another reported attack over the weekend. This time the alleged victim, a Business Insider journalist named Kyle Russell, seems somewhat less apoplectic -- and evangelistic -- than his counterpart, Sarah Slocum. At the very least, he chides himself for flaunting an expensive, computerized accessory in a neighborhood known for its animus against expensive, computerized accessories. But Russell still became a polarizing figure after tweeting about the Glass thief who ripped off his glasses on Friday, and promptly destroyed them. After receiving condolences from friends, he was somewhat disenchanted when "the trolls and the anti-tech crowd showed up." See Also: Here's A List of Bars That Bans Google Glass

"At first, I failed to see the humor in what had happened to me," Russell wrote, recounting the incident -- and the debate it provoked -- in Business Insider. Acknowledging that not all tech protesters share the same vitriol, he's optimistic that tech companies will ultimately join hands with embittered San Francisco residents.

Granted, that may be a long time coming in a city so fractured by tech that the war extends from bus blockades to semantics: Google refers to its Glass-wearers as "Explorers"; many residents simply deride them as "Glassholes." Russell, who lives in Berkeley because he can't afford San Francisco's exorbitant rents, seems to straddle the fence.

At the very least, he didn't characterize himself as a hate crime victim.

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Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.


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