If you’re feeling outraged but impotent about the effect of the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico, the internet (or some paint and an ad poster) can offer a little catharsis. Web developer jess3 has created a Firefox plugin which splashes a bit of oil on every mention of BP on the web.
Once you install the add-on in your Firefox browser, it blacks-out the following: BP, British Petroleum, Transocean, Gulf Oil Spill, and Deepwater Horizon. And, as I discovered while writing this post, this applies to images with any of those words as the alternate image text, or meta data. (There were so many violators in this post I had to disable the plug-in in order to finish writing it.)
It might not make any difference, but it just feels good.
Might make it difficult to read Grist though. Above is a screenshot of the BP black-outs on the Grist homepage, and below is from our comprehensive page covering the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Perhaps a little web graffiti is in order for BP’s homepage?
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