posted on Sep, 2 2012 @ 05:18 PM
Originally posted by Panic2k11
reply to post by BagBing
I'm tiring of this discussion since we are not getting anywhere consider the point that you are defending, and what I have said, you are not making
A non textual photo/image alone does not make any claim it is the context were it is presented in that can contextualize it.
I'm not sure what you are saying, but the context in which it is being presented (gigapan, or a similar website of stiched-together panoramic images)
is basically only good for "pretty pictures", and it shouldn't be assumed that images presented on such site are anything more than that. I think
the limitations of those gigapan images are obvious, and a disclaimer is not necessary.
For example, I don't think an urban planner would be using a gigapan image of a city to do detailed urban planning or building design. There would
be no reason for a planner to trust the gigpan image is to a consistent scale over the entire image, or if the image has missing information at the
overlaps. However, I don't think gogipan images of cities need to have disclaimers warning people that the scale of the images may not be
A gigapan of a city is simply a fun and cool way to view a city. This Mars panorama is simply a fun and cool way to view Mars.
Also in the case of this Mars panorama, the original images are publicly available and easy for anyone on the internet to access if they wanted to use
the images for a proper investigation. Those stitched-together panoramas are certainly impressive and useful for the "big picture" context they
provide (literally and figuratively), but I see no reason why gigapan would need to provide a disclaimer.