Google Earth, Journalism, and New York Times

Stefan Geens has written a couple of interesting entries at his blog Ogle Earth about Google Earth’s growing visibility in mainstream journalism. Specifically he refers to a couple of recent articles in the New York Times involving Google Earth.
Stefan calls the first blog entry “Blurgate” which refers to the NY Times article which came out last week called “Governments Tremble at Google’s Bird’s-Eye View“. This sensational title was ameliorated by the facts presented in the article with regards to high resolution photos of sensitive places and how Google only provides data which is publicly available. But, as Stefan points out they did admit to an error regarding the fact that the Naval Observatory, and the Vice President’s residence, are still blurred in Google Earth. Read Stefan’s entry for more details.
Stefan’s second blog entry refers to a more recent NY Times article called “Below a Mountain of Wealth, a River of Waste” which is an investigative article about an environmentally irresponsible gold mine in Indonesia. The Journalist used Google Earth to look at the mine. Stefan correctly points out how these articles are demonstrating the increasing relevancy of Google Earth in the media at large. By the way, Stefan also provides a link to an “amazing” image overlay posted at the Google Earth Community which shows the mine in more detail.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR 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, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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