Google replaced satellite images of post-Katrina New Orleans with images captured before the devastating hurricane. Homes that were washed away are now miraculously reinstated to their foundations. This smacks of a sanitized reality. But why?

As a media scientist, this doesn’t sit well with me at all. Google made dubious decisions in the past that clearly show it is not an ardent advocate for the free flow of information, but there is a big difference between stopping the flow of information and showcasing a patently false satellite image view of reality. Cartographers (and the rest) of the world, unite and quash this fiasco!