Theme Connection Project
By: Emily Cheetham & Kathryn Wilk
"Why Google Glass Is Creepy."
"Every new technology causes initial public discomfort. It took society a long time to accept cell phones as commonplace. Before that, television. And before that, tractors.
So when people scoffed at Google Glass, I rolled my eyes. “Here we go again,” I thought. “Knee-jerk objection to new technology.”
The biggest concern seems to be distraction. Google Glass looks like a pair of glasses, minus the lenses; it's just a band across your forehead, with a tiny screen mounted at the upper-right side. By tapping the earpiece and using spoken commands, you direct it to do smartphone-ish tasks, such as fielding a calendar alert and finding a nearby sushi restaurant.
Just what we need, right? People reading texts and watching movies while they drive and attaining new heights of rudeness by scanning their e-mail during face-to-face conversation" (David Pogue).
The Google Glasses do not promote communication, face-to-face contact, or connection. The Google Glasses correlate with our thematic statement (written on notebook paper, pictured above) because it shows that our society is beginning to become burdened by the new technology because love and communication are being lost by society. People are so focused on "reading texts and watching movies" that they have forgotten how to connect with others and show compassion and love (Pogue).
Connection to Fahrenheit 451
The Pedestrian, That Love is all there is, and "Why Google Glass is Creepy" all connect to Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 by showing that connection and compassion are essential to the success and well-being of a society. Similar to in the Pedestrian when Leonard Mead was questioned for walking outside while the rest of society was glued to their T.V.'s, Montag feels like an outsider and due to the lack of connection with peers, "[he] was in the dark street again, looking at the world" (Bradbury 88). Mildred lacks love for her real family because of her enthrallment of her fake one, inside the parlor. Montag suffers because of this, so he asks her, "will you turn the parlor off?" and she replies, "that's my family," and refuses (Bradbury 46). This quote relates to That Love is all there is because Montag suffers from the absence of love from his family, just how society suffers from lack of love in Dickinson's poem. In Fahrenheit 451, the society is so focused on the obliteration of knowledge that they have lost focus on what is important in society. This relates to "Why Google Glass Is Creepy" because people are literally not focusing on what is in front of them, because their eyes are glued to the lenses instead of reality.