Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Standard P.O.V.

So I'm browsing around on Slate, and in the "More From The Web" sponsored links section, I find the following: "A trillion-dollar missed opportunity – enough to pay U.S. deficit (from ExxonMobil's Perspectives)." This was worth raising an eyebrow. Yes, I know I'm a cynic, but I was curious to see what sort of self-serving profiteering that ExxonMobil would put forth as the lost potential solution to the nation's budget woes. Because surely, by letting the modern incarnation of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil company have what IT wants, we ALL benefit. (It's true. I read it on the Internet.) Rather than click through the link given, which I knew would redirect me through some advertising server somewhere which was just waiting for the chance to load up my computer with enough tracking cookies to sugar crash my processor, I moused over the link, and transcribed the URL into my browser.

And was greeted by a request for a username and password. Which was perhaps the one thing that I didn't expect (it does seem sort of strange to sponsor a link to a site that's not available to the public). Oh, well. I'm sure that ExxonMobil will find another way to share its perspective with me.

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