A strange humming sound comes from the sky. You look up and notice a drone hovering there with a camera pointing right at you. What would you do?

What if it wasn’t a drone? What if you were sunbathing on the beach and noticed some guy walking around wearing a Google Glass headset, apparently recording everyone? Will it piss you off? How about someone checking Facebook on their smartphone during a movie? Taking a call during dinner? Will these things make you angry enough to attack someone?

Believe it or not, all of this latest technology — and how people are using it — has led to real violence.

In this article, I’m going to share three shocking stories of people attacking gadget-loving techs. Are these anti-tech Luddites rage issues or justified privacy activists?

Don’t fly over that drone!

In October we asked all of you what you would do if you spot a drone hovering over your property. Most of you said without thinking that you would shoot that sucker right out of thin air.

Dave Parrack was quite shocked at how cruel most of the readers were! Is this the exception or the rule? Well, if the events in Connecticut during the Spring were any indication, that’s the rule.

Austin Howat, 17, made the mistake of flying his quadcopter drone over Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Connecticut. Part of the flight itinerary included a beach cruise along the edge of the park. The scenery he caught while flying was really cool.

The only thing Austin didn’t plan on was getting attacked by 23-year-old Andrea Mears because she assumed the only reason he was flying a drone over the beach was to enlarge her stunningly gorgeous body. (why else is a 17 year old Boy flying a drone over the beach, am I right?)

After she approached Austin about the drone and accused him of «taking a close look at people in bikinis,» she called the police. Shortly after he hung up with the dispatcher, the 23-year-old began punching and scratching the teenager, pinning him to the ground and tearing his shirt. She is heard calling him «the little pervert» and saying, «I’ll break your nose.» In a recorded video he filmed, he was seen wincing in pain and yelling, «Stop attacking me!» all event

The irony is that the cops almost arrested the boy based on the woman’s story that he attacked her. It wasn’t until he pulled out his secret weapon — the videotape of the entire attack — that the police finally arrested the woman.

Turn off Google Glass please

Think Google Glass Headsets Is it innocent fun? Well, you might want to think again before heading into town to wear it.

In February, a woman was literally attacked in a San Francisco bar for wearing one. It happened in a Molotov bar when tech writer Sarah Slocum made the mistake of showing someone how a typeface works. Before long, the two women—obviously paranoid about being videotaped with a headset—became angry at Sarah for using it in public. Controversy reached a minimum when one man ripped the Google Glass off Sarah’s face and left the bar.

Sarah posted a video of the attack on YouTube, eventually proving that the upset people were right, she did record videos of the people inside the bar.

Things turned into a scandal when Sarah followed the man behind the bar and he insulted her. Another man protected Sarah by punching him. When it was all over, Sarah’s YouTube video led to a whole discussion about whether she had any right to wear glasses in a bar that one person told CBS news, frequented by patrons who are not very tech-savvy.

“I think everyone was just upset that she would be recording outside the bar so late, with an obvious embarrassing demeanor. And it’s just a shame that someone thinks it’s okay to record them all the time they’re in public.»

Sarah posted on her Facebook page that she had just «verbally and physically assaulted and robbed [кто-то взял ее сумочку и телефон, когда она была снаружи] last night in the city.»

Should Sarah have been a little more tactful with her public use of Google Glass? Were the rights of patrons to force her to remove the headset justified, or should someone have the right to use whatever technology they want to use when they are in public? These kinds of social problems arise as a result of the increasing use of these small and convenient forms of social surveillance.

Using a mobile phone in the theater is bad for your health

Probably the worst example of Luddite anti-tech violence was the fatal January 2014 theatrical shoot that took place in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Yes, Americans are known for their love of guns. but this story even had the weapon’s most vehement supporter wince.

It happened during a morning screening of The Lone Survivor, when 43-year-old Chad Olson decided to write his daughter’s lyrics during the film.

Retired police officer Curtis Reeves, 71, complained directly to the man, who in turn defended his right to the text. The dispute lasted for some time as Reeves unsuccessfully tried to complain to the manager. When he returned, the argument continued and culminated when Ohlson threw popcorn at Reeves, who immediately drew a gun and shot him.

Reeves is now charged with second-degree murder. As of now, pre-trial hearings are still ongoing, with an estimated trial date of March 2015.

Putting aside the issue of guns in America and gun violence, what exactly does it say about movie theater text messages that annoy people so much? Sometimes it seems that the anger against technology users in this case exceeds the level of «criminality». I once wrote an article on how to check your phone or text at the cinema. without disturbing the people around you, the comments there are very telling about the two sides — the techie and the luddite.

Jim B commented:

“No matter what you do to hide the light from your phone, it always illuminates the face of the person using it. It’s distracting, inconsiderate and rude.

To which Tim B replied:

“And… if you can’t stand someone’s phone, light up three rows in front of you… then take a life. This is a movie, not the birth of your child. In the last movie I was in, I heard bags cracking, a baby crying, and people talking. Did it affect my browsing experience? Not . »

What it seems to boil down to is the human comfort level to the extent that people use technology. On the one hand, you have a guy like my buddy Justin who refuses to own a smartphone. lamenting the loss of personal connections and relationships due to devices. On the other hand, you have Erez, who openly admits that he constantly checks his email. checking email, sometimes during the day, and he is quite proud of it.

So, is a woman’s violence on the beach against a boy enjoying his new drone, or is a man’s fatal attack against another happy film viewer just a clash between these two extremes? Are these growing societal sufferings inevitably moving into a new world powered almost entirely by technology? When can the techies be safe, or will the Luddites always be a threat?

Are you a techno-nasty techie or an evil luddite? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

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