So I was trying to drive from point A to point B with the most direct route, the longer route I was used to taking being about 20 minutes out of the way. So I jotted down the directions, hopped in the car, and was on my way. Just to throw it out there, I do not have a GPS system and I, apparently, have a bad track record with car navigation. But my directions were accurate and specific so I felt good about it. Until I never saw a highway and the roads got narrower, bumpier, I was surrounded by tall farms and fields with no signs of life, and trees lined and loomed over the already scary road. Oh, and then I hit a dead end on the road I thought I was supposed to continue on (still no highway). After a phone call to direct me and backtrack me an hour to starting point A, I re-tried and got there successfully. However, I wanted to see WHERE THE HELL I ENDED UP because those roads I was on seemed like the end of civilization and the setting for a B-rated teen horror movie. So I followed my journey on Google Maps, pinpointed the spot I ended up with a blue bullet, and realized you can drag the little orange man above the zoom to that blue dot and see a 3d virtual tour of that exact street. But as I mentioned before, THIS WAS THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, and somehow, somewhere, somebody took photos of this street and uploaded them to Google Maps. Wow the mapping functions from everything from Platial!, GMaps, mobile GPS, it’s blowing my mind. Check out my link of my spot (mind you I was driving in the dark with no street lights), and then go ahead and create your own map and see what street views are available.
“Traditional means of news gathering and dissemination are quickly falling behind the new paradigm… . We believe news is something that is made not only by a George W. Bush or a Bill Gates but, more importantly, by people who are all allowed to think together. The news is a form of collective thinking. It is the ideas and minds of the people that are changing the world, when they are heard.”—
Quote by Hong Eun-taek, the editor-in-chief of perhaps the biggest citizen-journalism site, Oh My News, obtained from The New Yorker.