The nytimes.com article covering yesterday’s friday the 13th plane crash in Buffalo, NY had an interesting graphic half way down the page:
Of course, the Times had a slideshow of original flames and smoke photography. But I think this illustrates the cultural relevance of Google Maps insofar as it has become the record of the way the world looks (referenced by the Newspaper of Record). We usually think about the new/old media relationship as websites linking to original reporting of established news organizations; this inverts the relationship. It shows that the Times’ news judgement is adapting to the new environment of Internet truth.