Jon Stewart Takes On Google Glasses & Facebook Buying Instagram

Glasses from Google that let you interact with the world? Facebook paying a billion dollars for Instagram? It’s all left Jon Stewart of The Daily Show perplexed, confused and with plenty of fodder for poking fun.

In last night’s episode, the comedian took shots at both developments. Of the Google augmented reality glasses, he led in with:

It’s like a nose-mounted version of the Google we love … the world’s largest database of people wizzing in public. But now, it will be like they’re peeing right in your eye.

He then played the official Google “concept video” of the glasses, remarking afterward:

In New York City, that mother—— is going to get hit by a car.

Next, Stewart jokes there’s nothing new to the glasses since they’ve been around for years for dogs, with the Daily Show’s own video that mashes-up the Google video with a Beggin’ Strips commercial.

Next, it’s on to the purchase of Instagram by Facebook, with various news clips covering the purchase, leaving Stewart to comment:

Oh my God! That is unbelievable! What is Instagram?

That leads to another clip explaining how Instagram turns new pictures into looking old. Stewart exclaims:

Wow. That’s. Really. Lame. Why is this news?

I know, Jon. I know. But you get into it the more you use it.

More clips follow explaining the huge purchase price, leaving Stewart to ask:

A billion dollars of money? For a thing that kind of ruins your pictures?

Clearly not getting it, The Daily Show’s “youth correspondent” Jessica Williams explains it all as best she can to him. Difficult, because he’s old, as she explains after he calls Instagram stupid:

They probably said the same thing about your youthful pastimes like hopscotch or panning for gold….

You’re not supposed to like it. Old people never like new or fun things.

Enjoy the video! There’s much more in it:

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