Thursday, April 5, 2012

No thanks

There is no cell in my body saying "yes, let's get that".

To me, google glasses seems like an effort of actively decreasing interference with people physically present around you. I like people. I won't get these glasses.

Also, as this video aptly illustrates, no word is less cool than the word "cool".

ps. In my original post, I wrote "weirdly autistic tool". Robin made some very wise comments on my choice of words. See comments. Now am actually more interested in the glasses than before!


  1. Dear Emi,

    Please let me begin by saying how much I admire you and your blog, and consider you one of the whip-smartest women I´ve ever encountered. I’m often inclined to shout out the words “YOU ARE SO ON!” after reading your entries, which I finally actualized in a comment after your ‘Trumps don’t do diapers’ entry. Recommending your blog to a friend recently, I summed up my emotions like this: `Emi always makes me smile in the twisted way I appreciate.’

    And because the words you usually employ are simply perfect in reminding me to be grateful and celebrate being a strong woman and mother, I hope you don’t mind if I question one you used last week: Autistic.

    "To me, google glasses seems like a weirdly autistic tool, a way of actively decreasing interference with people physically present around you. I like people. I won't get these glasses."

    I know autism is a lightening rod at the moment, which more or less makes it game for trendy and humor-inducing applications. But existing behind the over-used label is a real disorder, which creates difficulties and heartache on a daily basis for people all over the world.

    What was your intention in using the term “weirdly autistic tool”? My 13-year-old son has autism. He is not weird. He likes people. His arms still “can’t contain his joy” as a wise woman once said. He simply cannot negotiate the never-ending social rules we create as a community of human beings.

    Perhaps that’s the hidden benefit of google glasses: allowing people to voluntarily experience the world at large in the detached way that autists are forced during their every waking moment. And luckily, they can never simulate the public ridicule and discrimination that is also my son’s frequent experience.

    With continued respect and admiration,
    a mother in the Netherlands

  2. thanks robin! I'll rephrase it.
    My choice of words was sloppy and ill-adviced.

  3. thanks emi.
    for the umpteenth time, you've made my day!
    Keep blogging and keep rocking!


I welcome any comment, so happy to hear from you.