Google Earth/Maps Is Changing the Way We See the World

John Hanke as Atlas with Earth on his shouldersAn article by Wired Magazine had a slightly different title, but the title really should have included Google Earth: “Google Maps Is Changing the Way We See the World“. This article is a good summary of how Google Maps and Google Earth have had a significant impact in many ways on individuals, organizations, governments, politics, the environment and many other perspectives. It covers topics such as censorship, KML standardization, StreetView privacy issues, mapping politics, and user-generated maps. The article is definitely worth a read, but I especially like the photo of John Hanke playing the part of Atlas with the world on his shoulders. I bet he really feels like that sometimes. :-)

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was released. He worked in 3D computer graphics for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition.


  1. Andy Harris says:

    just to be pedantic, Atlas held the heavens, (sky), on his shoulders not the world 😉

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