By now, we all know if you write something embarrassing on the Internet under your own name, it’s your own fault if your missive lives forever on Google’s (GOOG) search engine.
But what if you do something embarrassing outside? Should there be a right to protection against Google’s roving cameras, integrated into Google Maps?
The residents of 8 Sampsonia Way in Pittsburgh, PA may be wondering that.
In case you’re wondering, it seems we’re looking at LARP (“live action role play”), which is sort of like Dungeons & Dragons. Except instead of sitting around in someone’s basement with dice, you dress up in faux medieval armour and attack people with tinfoil swords.
All of which reiterates what we’ve always felt about Google Street View: Amazingly cool, but also kind of unnerving. Next time, head into the deep woods, fellas.
UPDATE: A commenter lets us know our supposed LARPers are actually part of an art project to bring fantastic scenes to Google Maps.
Someone using Google’s Street View map may be surprised when looking down Pittsburgh’s Sampsonia Way.
In May, artists Ben Kinsley and Robin Hewlett staged outlandish scenes, including a 17th century sword fight, and an escape from a building using knotted sheets, to be captured when a Google car equipped with cameras was sent down Sampsonia Way.
The artists wanted to explore the boundaries between virtual and real worlds.