Social Advocacy & Politics: Through the Google Glass

Alan Rosenblatt Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy, turner4D

Posted on July 16th 2013

Social Advocacy & Politics: Through the Google Glass


The other day I saw a rabbit wearing Google Glass. Actually, I didn’t notice the rabbit was wearing a pair of those fantastical eyewear at first. But when I saw a video of me bad mouthing nearly half of the American voters on YouTube the next day, I suddenly remembered the curious bunny wearing a pair of sleek glasses behind the bar.

I should have realized that he was recording me.

Now I am running late and fear I’ll never catch up to that other guy.

Last week, a man wearing Google Glass became the first (supposedly) to record a video of a fight that led to an arrest of a man in Wildwood, NJ. Had anyone seen him shooting the video, he would’ve been beaten up, as well, for sure. But they didn’t because people still don’t recognize Google Glass.

Sooner or later Google will make Glass available in many styles, emulating Ray Bans and other popular frames. No sooner will GOP presidential campaigns master the art of detecting cellphone videographers, when they will be unable to figure out who is wearing a pair of fancy Google Glass.

You thought the 47 percent video was bad? How about the video of Saddam Hussein’s execution? Well, that is just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve been worried that the decline of the news profession would mean the decline of news content. With Google Glass, we are assured lots of content. Most will be bad, but some will be very good (for me, but not for my political opponents… or vice versa).

Will we finally find ourselves living in a global panopticon?

As I have often repeated, “these days it’s all secrecy and noooo privacy.” (h/t Thanks Mick). And we all, especially politicians, might just have to kiss our privacy goodbye.

Smile, you’re on Candid Google Glass.

Social Advocacy & Politics is a weekly, exclusive column for Social Media Today by Alan Rosenblatt that explores the intersection of politics and social media. Look for the next installment next Tuesday morning.


Alan Rosenblatt

Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy, turner4D

Alan Rosenblatt, Ph.D. is a social media and online advocacy strategist, professor & thought leader. He is Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy at turner 4D (formerly Turner Strategies), the co-founder and host of the Internet Advocacy Roundtable; and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins, American, (Georgetown and Gonzaga Universities), where he teaches courses on internet politics. He was Associate Director for Online Advocacy at the Center for American Progress/CAP Action Fund from 2007-2013, where he created and directed the Center’s social media program, as well as Ombudsmen and co-founder at Take Action News. Alan taught the world’s first internet politics course ever at George Mason University in 1995. He founded the Internet Advocacy Roundtable in 2005; blogs at,, and occasionally/previously at,,; serves on’s board of directors and Social Media Today’s Advisory Board; In 2008, he was a fellow at George Washington University’s Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet; and is a co-founder of  Alan has a Ph.D. in Political Science from American University, an M.A. in Political Science from Boston College and a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Tufts University. Find him on Twitter and across social media at @DrDigiPol.

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