Over the years we’ve seen some great uses of geography in news and advertising, going back as far as 2006 when Saturn used Google Earth to help show off their new car, the Aura. Another great example was a few years ago when Adidas “destroyed” homes using Google Earth.
Of course, with the good comes the bad, and the folks at GIS Lounge have posted a list with some of the biggest geography bloopers of all time.
My favorite was back in 2010, when CNN was seeing some blurry imagery in Google Earth and assumed that Google was controlling it in real-time so that we couldn’t see police activity surrounding an attempted car bombing. Google Earth, of course, is no where near real-time and won’t be for quite a few years (here’s how their imagery works). What made this remarkable was that the person most confused by this was Tom Fuentes, the former FBI Assistant Director of International Relations, who really should have known better. You can read more about that exchange over on Geekosystem.
Their post includes a handful of other noteworthy entires, all of which you can find at gislounge.com/geography-bloopers.
What do you think was the biggest blooper of all time?
(via +Adam Simmons)