Why a little worry can be a good thing

We're not endorsing full-on freakouts about every exciting new technology. But sometimes a little pushback can be a good thing.
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Last year as anxiety about Google Glass recording in public spiked, technologist Jeff Jarvis relayed a tale from the late 19th century of a visitor to Denver who tried to take a photo of a Native American woman, who attacked his camera with a knife. To contemporary chroniclers, she was afraid the camera would steal her soul -- but it's also possible she just didn't want her picture taken. Indeed, contemporary anxiety about so-called "Kodak fiends" was peaking among all Americans at the time, with anxiety that people (especially women) would be photographed in public against their will. Why don't we live in a hellscape panopticon now?

This slideshow originally appeared on ITworld.com.

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