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Three lies about Google Glass

Mike Elgan | April 6, 2015
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt shocked everyone last week by telling The Wall Street Journal that Google isn't killing Google Glass.

Announcements of two identical transitions from lab to product group resulted in completely different conclusions by the tech press, because the media echo chamber had convinced itself that Google Glass was a failure.

My point isn't that negative commentary about something like Google Glass is invalid. It's that the tech press as a group often forms these kinds of groupthink opinions that are asserted as truth, when in fact they often reflect the biases and self-absorption and conformist mentality of the tech press as a group.

If we believe the press-orchestrated conventional wisdom, we'll end up with some false notions about Google Glass, which in fact is an awesome public "beta" of a prototype device that will be widely used in the future because it will become a really interesting consumer electronics device.

Beware of the conventional wisdom — it's often nothing more than the inclinations, biases and preferences of a nonrepresentative and highly conformist group of people in the media.

 

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