When I first heard about the project, Oil Reporting in Iraq, I was a little surprised that it was even necessary for people outside Iraq to deal with such a topic. It was one of the first projects I worked on at OpenOil back in 2010, and it consisted of a wikipedia-style database with articles more »
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Panel discussions at global hydrocarbon summits are more likely to center on enhanced recovery techniques and fractional distillation than they are on music videos by Mos Def or an avant-garde oil painting in Paris. But even oil wonks, steeped as they are in the minutiae of oil policy and economics, cannot overlook the indelible 'soft' impact that black gold has had on the cultures of oil-producing and oil-consuming nations. In the early twentieth century, during the rise of global mass media, German thinker Walter Benjamin perceived technology’s ability to transform human consciousness.