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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

I like multimedia stories

This story, "Class Matters - Social Class in the United States of America" from interactivenarratives.org, works very well in informing the reader as much as possibly by including an overview and lots of writing, an interactive graphic, and reader opinions. The multimedia graphic, which is comprised of a slideshow and graphs, illustrate what is written in the stories from The New York Times. A bar graph involves the reader by showing "Where do you fit in?" Pie graphs are also easy to understand. Each "day" in the article series offers something different to grip the reader, like timelines. The opinions serve to balance what was written. Also, not a lot of sound to scare people off. The visuals are the biggest on the screen, taking up the top half or third, and text accompanies along the bottom.

"Daily life in North Korea" on msn.com showcases pictures of everyday scenes in the country along with captions to explain the sights in an attempt to enlighten Americans on what many of them may consider "the enemy." The pictures illustrate pieces of North Korean life such as political devotion to Kim Il Sung, shown by people bowing to a statue, many people at a train station as might be seen in New York, and a mother walking down the street with her child. It's not overly showy and allows the viewer to change scenes at their will, allowing for leisurely absorption. The pictures are nice and big, too, and the captions are off to the side but not hard to find.

"French train crash 'kills 5'" includes a small written story of two paragraphs, audio and video. The story is offered three different ways and allows the reader/viewer to hear what's going on while being able to visualize the story simultaneously. Out of the three different modes a person is bound to get at least a little more out of the event. The video also isn't too long either so that it's not overwhelming.

Very hip video/audio story called "Got Game?" draws young readers targeted by the story because of the music. It's easy to track because the transitions are soft and not too fast. Also, the audio is great, laid-back and not stuffily professional. The narrator is a teenager!


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