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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Terroism by photography? So 20th Century. GoogleEarth is the 21st Century Tool of Terror.

Have y'all played with GoogleEarth? If not, you really should. It's an amazing application that uses satellite photos to reconstruct the entire Earth. From your computer, you can visit the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower, the Egyptian Pyramids, or even your own house. I used GoogleEarth to find the apartment building I lived in in Kiel, Germany during my study abroad, and from there, I traced the steps I used to walk to the bus stop where I'd catch a ride to the University. It's great to be able to retrace those steps, especially since my days in Kiel are some of the most treasured days of my life.

So anyway, I posted earlier about the idiotic attempts at thwarting "terrorism" by harassing and threatening photographers in the U.S. and UK. If you ask me, photography is the 20th Century terrorism tool. These days, all you need to do is open GoogleEarth on your computer and you can get a street-level view of all the buildings of Seattle or Las Vegas or any other major metropolis in the world. BoingBoing.net posted a story today showing that there is now a 3-D walkthrough for Disneyland. That's good, because there have also been reports of restricted photography at Disneyland, but as long as we have GoogleEarth, terrorism will continue to reign in the happiest place on Earth.




Disclaimer: If after reading this you think that I am actually advocating real terrorism, then first of all, I'm sorry that you are a little bit stupid, and second of all, it's time to realize that you are under the influence of irrational thinking. You also need to realize that there is a difference between terrorism and scare-tactics. Any purported threat associated with photography and GoogleEarth is a scare-tactic. A fundamentalist who thinks he will receive glory by strapping a bomb to himself and running into a building full of people is an example of terrorism. It's important to recognize the difference.



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6 comments:

Phil said...

Went on GoogleEarth and could see at least the entrance to the parking behind my condo at street level. Then went to Belle Meadows to look at your mother's house. There was Zac's car in the driveway. I told him about it and he was hoping people could see the forsale sign in the window of his car.

Sra said...

Ha ha ha, that's pretty funny. Maybe there's someone out there scouring GoogleEarth for an old Crown Victoria.

The Over-Thinker said...

I love GoogleEarth. I can easily waste a day away looking up places I want to visit.

Have you ever tried looking up the White House? It's interesting how they block satellite photos. Bit creepy.

sov said...

Been using Google Earth for about four years now. It's exciting to see the changes over that period.

Melliferous Pants said...

I also enjoy GoogleEarth, though it could be a dream for creepy stalkers. You know, as opposed to non-creepy stalkers.

Sra said...

I was a non-creepy stalker once. That's a story for the next episode of the History of My Love Life, though.

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