The announcement that Google Glass evangelist-turned--PR disaster Sarah Slocum would descend on national television on Thursday was met with no shortage of hand-wringing.
Slocum is, after all, a celebrity-hungry loose cannon, with a history of violence and paranoia. Multiple restraining orders have been filed against her, including one from her mother, Maya Slocum. Video of her February altercation at Molotov's bar shows that Slocum might have provoked the fight, after spewing profanity at other patrons. When someone responded by grabbing her face-computer, Slocum proclaimed herself a hate crime victim.
She's spent the last several months parlaying that incident into local celebrity -- and infamy.
And now, all those months of assaultive self-promotion have reached an apex -- or a nadir, depending on how you look at it.
Last night, Slocum and other "Glassholes" -- including Kyle Russel, the Business Insider reporter who says he was attacked for wearing hi-tech eyeware in the Mission district -- got to recount their experiences to Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones, who tried to empathize.
"I was at a bar and people started verbally accosting me," Slocum said. "...It was a hate crime."
Trying to understand how $1,500 gadgetry can render someone a martyr, Jones made his own Glass, by taping a disposable camera over his glasses and affixing it to his cell phone -- via what appears to be voice-activated headgear. He then walked around San Francisco and experienced a day in the life of an eye-douche.
And, indeed, he was hated.