Monday, February 23, 2009

Censorship in Google Earth???

One of the many blogs I follow is Ogle Earth by Stefan Geens. Today there was a great post about censorship in Google Earth. Take a few minutes to have a look. I'll wait for you.

I got to thinking that censorship is one of those timeless topics for discussion and debate, and now we can talk about it on a whole new level with the advent of Google Earth. Back in December we learned that the Mumbai terrorists may have used Google Earth to plan their attacks.

Is censorship ever a good thing? "The World Is Flat" has been a mantra for the masses ever since Friedman's book debuted. But unfortunately the world has flattened for terrorists too. We value the freedom of the press and the free flow of information, but will it ultimately work against us?

What a great topic for discussion with your high school students!

UPDATE: Here is an update on the Ogle Earth blog: Turns out there was NO censoring! But it's still a good discussion topic.

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