Google Glass’ panoptic implications : An analysis of the privacy discourse of Google Glass as constructed by The Verge
Hekke, J.L. van
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New communication technologies such as Google Glass increasingly facilitate the ability to connect with others. At the same time, they bring into question what privacy still means in our contemporary society. Therefore, this thesis explores the privacy discourse in relation to Google Glass by providing a critical discourse analysis of articles on technology, news and media website The Verge. An analysis of statements asserted in twenty-seven articles has revealed that people are not so much afraid of the device itself, but rather of the potential Google Glass users and the company that owns it. They are afraid to lose control over their personal information; something that is crucial to the notion of privacy.