Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Stupid Is...

I'm not sure I can blame the context of declining social mood and the associated correlation with bad decisions and accidents (Mark Galasiewski did an interesting study Aircraft Accidents correlated to stock market performance back in 2007) for the level of abject stupidity and petty lying that BP, PLC has stooped to in the ongoing oil spill disaster in the Gulf. This has got to be an upper management corporate culture thing:

Altered BP photo comes into question
by Steven Mufson, Washington Post
Apparently BP is no more adept at doctoring photos than it is at plugging deep-sea oil leaks.

A blogger has noticed that the oil giant altered a photograph of its Houston crisis room, cutting and pasting three underwater images into a wall of video feeds from remotely operated undersea vehicles. The altered photo is displayed prominently on the company's Web site...

...John Aravosis pointed out the alterations Monday evening on his Americablog.com and observed, "I guess if you're doing fake crisis response, you might as well fake a photo of the crisis response center." The photo doctoring comes as BP has promised transparency in a bid to regain the public's trust...

BP best pray that social mood remains stagnant at the very least.  If it plunges, they are going to be Scapegoat Number One - with good reason.

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