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Oil Spill in the Gulf

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I have noticed that we are getting a first hand example right now of the speed at which information can be released due to the internet.  The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which resulted from the explosion of British Petroleum’s Deep Water Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico is getting to the minute updates on Google News.

When the spill first occurred an article was released describing the damage.  “Every day 5,000 barrels of crude oil, equal to 200,000 gallons, gush into the water and spread like a cancer across the gulf. The first victims will be in Louisiana and the rest of the gulf coast states, but damage will not be confined to that region either. This spill, perhaps worse than the infamous 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, may spread to the east coast of the United States as well.” (Kimberly, 2010)

I went onto Google today to see what updates had been posted and a to the minute article was released reporting that the spill is now reaching the coast of the United States.

Oil Reaches U.S. Shore for First Time

Wall Street Journal

  • U.S. NEWS
  • MAY 6, 2010, 4:07 P.M. ET

This I think is a great example of the way in which media is moving towards the online revolution.

Written by nadiaa513

May 20, 2010 at 3:45 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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