Cover-up or self-censorship?
I've been searching for an hour to
find images that used to be available of
the Exxon Valdez oil spill. It's not that
there aren't some available, there are.
But a great many sites were linking to
a few sites that have changed over time.
These sites, such as:
are either beautified or gone. The result
is that the online history of the event is
increasingly identical with the oil industry
assertion that all is well. I'm not making
a claim about whether that's true or not.
What bothers me is that there don't seem to
be good sources for the *hundreds* of photos
that used to be available online. Instead,
the variety of shots is greatly diminished
and some sites are dominated by photos that
look like they could be PR photos favored
by the Exxon media response team.
Public relations cover-up
I suppose that for people in the region there
is personal experience to balance perceptions.
But as a resident of New York, I rely on the
Web as a form of historical resource. So it
disturbs me to see, over the course of only
a few years, that the histories of this
event have strayed so far from the most
powerful evidence -- to my mind: that of