July 17, 2012

Latest Shell Oil Disaster (is Funny).

Hey, I know! Let’s ask the public to caption our cute pictures of the wildlife and habitat we’re killing in our ongoing quest for ever-greater profits!

This latest of many Shell Oil disaster is one we like: it doesn’t hurt our planet, it’s just funny—and points out the best part of social media (real actual people, not just corporations and PR jerks).

It all started innocently enough:

“Here at Shell, we’re committed to online social media. After all, it’s the fuel that lubricates the engines of internet communication.

In June, thousands of you demonstrated this by explaining, online, how Arctic energy production will transform the world and possibly provide affordable fuel for several years.

Today, we want to take the Arctic Ready message offline, directly to the drivers who benefit from Shell’s performance fuels. That’s why we’re launching a new campaign (deadline this Thursday!), from which the best ads will be printed and posted in strategic locations worldwide. With your help, we at Shell can tell the world how pumped we are about Arctic energy, and take the Arctic Ready message to Arctic-enthused drivers everywhere.

So take a moment to add your own slogan to our beautiful new collection of images. The next place you see it might be your own rearview mirror.

Because tomorrow is yesterday, accelerated.

Let’s go.”

And here (just a very few) of the entries:

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