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The “Culture” of BP.

June 24, 2010 \pm\30 5:13 pm

I was listening to an interview on NPR about the oil spill.  It sounded like this:

Bewildered reporter: Is it true that BP has more violations than other oil companies?

Expert: Yes, it is.  Our research shows that BP has about three times as many violations of regulatory laws as, for example, Shell.

Bewildered reporter: Is there something about the culture of BP which encourages this sort of problem?

Expert: Yes, there is.  We found that in many cases BP has not kept up its maintenance to industry standards, apparently to cut costs.  And if an employee finds an infraction, they are not rewarded for reporting it.  In fact, in some cases employees are fired.

Now listen!  What BP has is not a “culture”!  Indonesia has a culture!  It’s one thing that we allow these capitalists to destroy our lives, but it’s another to dignify them with fucking academic jargon!  I realize we are all anthropologists now, but we don’t speak of serial killers having a “culture.”  So British Petroleum doesn’t, either!

  1. June 24, 2010 \pm\30 5:37 pm 5:37 pm

    “I realize we are all anthropologists now…” hahaha.

    Also, glad you are listening to NPR so I don’t have to.

  2. June 24, 2010 \pm\30 6:04 pm 6:04 pm

    I always laugh when people say things like “the cycling community” or “the birdwatching community.”

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