There's little I find defensible about Sarah Palin, the former half-term Republican governor, other than the fodder she provides for columns. It was therefore with interest that I saw the headline on the Huffington Post front Politics page which read, "Palin Rejects What?" I've gotten to the point with Palinisms that my eyes gloss over most Palin Stories, but this one seemed to have possibilities. After all, what did she reject this time? Public Education? The Law of Gravity? The Principle that all Jews aren't going to Hell?
No. She rejected -- Google Glass.
Actually, it wasn't just that she returned down putting on Google Glass, but she didn't want to put it on when offered by a complete stranger. Here's the story --
"At one point during the evening Sarah Palin arrived at the hotel and made a smooth, practiced pass through the bar shaking hands and taking photos with a long line of admirers. I stood next to her for several minutes but she wouldn't take a photo with me or wear Glass. 'What's in it for us?' asked her husband Todd, staring squarely at the camera and screen floating just above my hazy, bourbon-enhanced eyes. 'We don't know what company you're with.' When I told him I wasn't after an endorsement but was rather a journalist interested in her opinion of Glass, he icily asked me to leave."
Other than Todd Palin's crassness of asking "What's in it for us?," which does seem to be the Palin Family Motto of Public Service, I actually have to side with Team Palin on this one.
First of all, Google Glass looks sort of stupid. They make the wearer look somewhat akin to an alien machine-like Borg from Star Trek. Secondly, they didn't know that this wasn't intended as an endorsement, regardless of what he said. And besides, they also didn't know who this journalist was. So, they had every right to "reject" putting on the Google Glass.
A few years ago, I was working on a radio project with Al Gore. I'd written several short scripts for radio commentaries on environmental issues. He'd approved them all, except there was one that dealt with a new technology he was unaware of. So, at the last minute, he put that one aside, saying he didn't know enough about it personally and wanted to check it out himself. And this was for something that someone he knew had vetted. So, I have zero problem with Sarah Palin not wanting to do anything with some product she knew nothing about from someone she'd never seen before.
And for the Huffington Post to put this non-story on their front Political page is idiotic. Most especially when there are SO many actual Palin Stories. of real substance. To me, that's the point of this story -- not Sarah Palin, but that the Huffington Post put this on the home Politics page.
No, there was nothing in it for the noble Palins. But then, there was nothing in it, period.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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