Thursday, October 27, 2005

the death of understatement

The Asian Age continues its "expose" on the evils of Google Earth today, with a picture of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium that supposedly illustrates "the death of privacy." Somehow, I don't see how these photos--which are very cool, but generally useless--are a threat to my privacy. You can't even see people. I looked for my old apartment in NY and recognized a few taxicabs and a delivery truck or two, but nothing that's going to out anybody, solve a crime or cause a divorce. This reminds me of those irritating placards that tell you not to take pictures of the bridge/harbor/naval destroyers. Has this crack security prevented terrorism so far? Has it protected naval cadets from appearing in compromising photographs?

I say bring on the satellites, and zoom in. Let's put the paparazzi out of business by boring everybody with 24/7 video of everybody else. Live. Voyeurs need never leave home.

1 comment:

Nikhil Pahwa said...

The Register is one up on them. Take a look at these battleships and copters.