The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is a tragedy, very much so. The whole world knows about the situation, we’ve seen more footage than ever before of birds and shorelines drenched in sticky, black raw oil. We’ve read pages up and down about the leak itself, the attempts to stop it and the dire consequences of it. BP will never be remembered for anything else, made sure by thousands of ironic and satirical website articles and images. These past few weeks we’ve really come to understand how terrible this natural disaster is.
There was an article in my local newspaper showing the oil spill as an overlay to a map of my area. Goodness me, I thought.
But what if the oil spill had happened in African waters, for instance? Or in South America? Would I have known about it, seen footage, compared maps, read blog posts? Would I even have remembered the name Deepwater Horizon or known BP was responsible? Probably not.
In any case, there are perspectives to consider now that the internet is going crazy over this. This kind of disaster has happened many times before, and there will be many more in the future. And the Deepwater Horizon tragedy? Well, let’s further compare:
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