A self-described “entrepreneur and sociologist” has teamed up with a homeless man in San Francisco to use technology to combat what they describe as a tech-based lack of compassion.
“People are losing their social skills,” Adam Reichart says in a video showing him attempting to get donations from passers-by on the streets. “And when they lose their social skills, I’m seeing that they’re losing their compassion and their empathy, and the reality of everyday life. Most people in the United States, I think, are under the illusion that everything’s fine.”
Reichart, who has reportedly been homeless for the past 30 years, is listed as a “creative producer” on Homeless GoPro, which was developed by Kevin F. Adler. The video is shot from his point of view on a donated GoPro camera strapped to his chest.
Adler wrote on the project’s website that he got the idea based on his experiences with his uncle, who was also homeless for three decades until his death at the age of 50. The project reportedly aims to provide more homeless residents with cameras and allow them, like Reichart, to demonstrate what the city’s 6,500 or so people living on the streets face.
“The goal is to build empathy, enable the non-homeless to walk with a homeless person for a few moments, and to explore how a camera lens associated with ‘hardcore’ activities like snowboarding and surfing can showcase courage and difficulty of another sort,” Adler wrote.
However, the project has already drawn criticism from tech website ValleyWag, which called it “stupidly uncreative, and yet somehow radically crass.”
“What could possibly be more damning of the coding class than the idea that empathy requires a high-definition video stream? What kind of person can only feel for destitute strangers if they’re provided a POV video stream of their lives?” Sam Biddle wrote. “That’s what it’ll take for you to realize you’re driving a wealth-consolidation wedge into your city? If this is what it takes to spur action, then let’s just f*cking give up on action.”
Reichart, though, rejected the suggestion that he was being exploited in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.
“As for these guys, anything that helps people understand the homeless, maybe see us more as real people, is a good thing,” Reichart was quoted as saying. “So I’m in.”
Watch Reichart’s video, posted online on Sunday, below.
Rudy Giuliani melts down after Piers Morgan calls him ‘completely barking mad’ in train wreck interview
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani went completely off the rails during an interview with British journalist Piers Morgan on Thursday after Morgan confronted the former New York mayor about some of President Donald Trump's inflammatory tweets.
During the interview, Morgan demanded to know why it was acceptable for Trump to send out a tweet that promoted the shooting of looters.
Giuliani insisted that the media had taken Trump's tweet out of context, and Morgan responded by calling that assertion "total claptrap."
"You keep saying that it's the left-wing media that has somehow misquoted Donald Trump," Morgan said. "The president of the United States' job, when this kind of thing happens, is to keep temperatures down, not to put fuel on the fire. For the president of the United States to tweet that 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts,' directly quoting a racist police chief... who used dogs and guns on black people."
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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough hammered Senate Republicans for following President Donald Trump "over a cliff."
The "Morning Joe" host said the GOP had suffered losses in every election cycle since Trump won, and he said the president was a threat to his own party.
"All Republican incumbents who are endangered politicians," Scarborough said. "What bargain did they make that is worth following this man over the cliff? Who, right now, in early June, is on his way to losing in a landslide of his own?"
"These polls that we're going to show you in a minute are just a snapshot of where we are at the beginning of June," he added. "Things can change, but if they do change, it will be the first time in almost four years that elections have broken Donald Trump's way."
Donald Trump is no longer president: Robert Reich
You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald J. Trump is no longer president of the United States.
By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office.
He is not governing. He’s golfing, watching cable TV, and tweeting.
How has Trump responded to the widespread unrest following the murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes as he was handcuffed on the ground?
He has incited more police violence. Trump called the protesters “thugs” and threatened to have them shot. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he tweeted, parroting a former Miami police chief whose words spurred race riots in the late 1960s.