Are these bloggers writing towards the interest of the General Public?
While I was preparing for my day this morning I was listening as always to my favorite reporter @robinmeade (who is finally on twitter) when I heard of how @bp_america had there own bloggers on site to cover the current oil spill.
My first impression was that they where sugar coating the oil spill situation. I decided to wait till I could read some of the blog posts to form my own opinion. I have included on of the posts directly from Paula Kolmar on the BP Web site so you can form your own opinion.
Ballet at seaPaula Kolmar – 28 May 2010Triangles, circles, v-angles: precision shapes at sea executed by shrimping vessels and choreographed by skimming perfectionists to stop any oil from potentially getting close to Alabama’s coast.Though there isn’t oil close to shore, practices and rehearsals occur almost daily in preparation. I was on a jack-up boat observing the practice operations several miles out of Bayou La Batre on a day when the ocean was calm, except for the groups of dolphins swimming around us. Even a shark came along to watch the show. Hot, humid conditions intensified by bright sunlight in a cloudless sky were actually made pleasant by the salty sea breezes topped off with lots of sunscreen and bottles of water. Over about four hours we, all guests of Gulf Coast native Captain Wade and his local crew, enjoyed the spectacular ballet at sea. Mind you, these drills are executed by local shrimping captains on shrimping boats who know these waters and how to catch shrimp! Until a few weeks ago, they didn’t work in tandem, making shapes with Navy-grade boom attached to skimming boats and equipment designed to capture oil.Watching the captains weave the long black boom as seamlessly as a professional ballet troupe performs an intricate dance, I found it difficult to believe that the rehearsals only started some weeks ago. From the relative comfort of a large square deck with a cold bottle of water always in hand, and an air-conditioned TV room with comfy sofas a level below, I witnessed beauty preparing to face the beast. Miss Jasmine, the most experienced local shrimping vessel, beautifully painted with a colourful dragon streaming along her sides, pulled the folded boom in place. Then gently pulling along her side, another vessel took on a rope from Miss Jasmine. With barely a pause, the two boats moved apart at the same speed, spreading the boom into a v-shape just like birds form in the sky. As this unfolded, a Navy skimmer craft attached itself to the point. Gently caressing the sea surface, the three vessels circled and swirled, guiding the boom without changing the design. A ballet at sea as mesmerising as any performance in a concert hall, and worthy of an audience in its own right.