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Published: Friday, Oct. 25 2013 12:30 p.m. MDT

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Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

I suppose it's awesome that students did this but it's just a poorly performing streetview-like product without the pics down the hallways. Also concerning is that no faces have been blurred. Surprising that a faculty mentor would allow this to be public.

Chachi
Charlottesville, VA

Not sure why it'd be an issue for faces to be shown. My main complaint is that the embedded videos, comments, information icons, etc. tend to emphasize the fun, creative, artistic, and social aspects of BYU, at the expense of academics. It gives the impression that this is a kind of cheesy place for a bunch of young Mormons to hang out with each other. BYU generally has very high academic standards and expectations, and that is not well conveyed.

willswords
Lees Summit, MO

Wow, the only comments so far are negative? I'm pretty impressed. I thought the panorama photos were excellent (loved seeing the view from the Carillon tower) and navigating from place to place was very fluid for me and a better experience than Google streetview. As far as showing people's faces, how do you know they didn't get permission? If you go in the Alumni building there is a video about academic excellence at BYU.

Chachi
Charlottesville, VA

I didn't mean I disliked it. It sucked me in for longer than I care to admit. Beautiful, navigable, immersive...lots of good things to say. It's just the substantive content that is lacking. The problem is that the artsy people depicted in the Laycock Center panorama didn't just do the design; they supplied the informative content, and they chose things they found visually interesting, rather than think about what impression of BYU they were conveying. Hence:

- The only science-related video is the Splash Lab one, which gives the impression that "science" at BYU consists of dudes smashing stuff and videoing it because it looks cool.
- An info box informs us that law school journals are a good place to meet other students. No mention of any scholarly purpose.
- The Benson and Widtsoe (science), Talmage (math and computer science), and Clyde and Crabtree (engineering) buildings get zero coverage.
- Social hangout spots (bowling, The Wall, dorm lounge, Wilk) covered extensively.
- Lavish media details the sports complex (6 different 360-degree indoor panoramas plus 5 panoramas of outdoor facilities), while I can only recall two views of a lecture hall/classroom and none of a laboratory.
- Virtually nobody seen studying.

willswords
Lees Summit, MO

Well, those are good points Chachi. Hopefully since this is a fluid medium they will consider adding more of the academic focused Information for a version 2.0...

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