Common Sense Comes to Town!

Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have. (Descartes)

Laugh It All Off

Posted on | June 10, 2010 | No Comments

The last estimates on the oil spill caused by BP in the Gulf of Mexico reveal that more than twice the previously envisioned quantity of petroleum leaks into the water daily. On another side, BP can afford full pages of advertisement to bolster its image and sail through the media storm unleashed by its corporate incompetence.

As simple citizens living far away from the event itself, and without any kind of leverage whatsoever, what can we do to react to this situation? We can make sure it never happens again. In order to do so, we have a powerful tool at our disposal: humour.

We can indeed ridicule this company’s name to previously unthinkable levels. Just like “Homer” is now synonymous with imbecility, thanks to The Simpsons, we can make of “BP” a symbol of resounding failure, which hopefully will act as a warning for the rest of the industry. Online social networks can insure the spread of jokes with amazing speed. So please share your best lines with us!

If ridicule doesn’t kill you, it can at least mark our consciences like a red-hot poker would.


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