In a strange and bizarre action by Google, it seems that the search giant is showing pictures of pre-Katrina New Orleans and not pictures of the resulting aftermath of the storm and the slow rebuilding process. This naturally is leading to many conspiracy theories that have reached the heights of Capitol Hill and could result in a full congressional investigation. Which is making people wonder why Google made the changes.

Google states that the changes were made because the post-Katrina pictures of New Orleans were of poor quality. So it decided to repost older shots of the area. Sounds reasonable. But proponents of the newer pictures are saying that they smell a conspiracy. Some of your options to select from are:

  1. The mayor or city fathers are responsible because they want to show New Orleans as being fixed since tourism is down.
  2. The U.S. government is embarrassed by the slow recovery and doesn’t want the public to know the truth.
  3. Google really did think the aftermath images were not high quality. No conspiracy.
  4. None of the above.

What do you think? Conspiracy? Or simple error and poor judgment on Google’s part?

Me, I believe Google. But did it think no one would really notice if it changed the pictures? Just plain dumb, plus poor PR. It should have set up another Web site for post-Katrina images and alerted the public.

Comments welcome.

[tags]google, new orleans, katrina, conspiracy[/tags]