Is Google playing Big Brother?

The Luddite, Wired’s resident contrarian, is getting all hot under the collar about the new Street View function from Google. He’s usually got a pretty sharp angle in his columns, but this one just comes across as grouching for the sake of grouching. Personally, as much as I’m opposed to increased private and governmental surveillance, I’m inclined to side with Brian Dunbar’s recent take on the all-seeing GOOG – I’d rather they were taking photos of me and letting the whole world see them than my government doing it and keeping them to themselves.