The multimedia news piece “Snowfall” is a great example of what the future is moving towards in journalism. Newspapers are becoming “old school.” Who has the time to sit down, pick up a paper, and scan through an array of articles set in a linear format that is determined by an editor’s priorities? We the readers have our own priorities and interests, so it suits us better to use a tablet, cell phone, or computer to go directly to a specific article that piques our interest.
“Snowfall” offers various ways to engage the reader besides the text itself. It offers video interviews, picture slideshows, and interactive maps. It allows readers to experience a story at a level different from what they are used to in regular print. When we read a newspaper, we have the text and maybe a black-and-white or color picture but not much more. When we read news online, we have multimedia and hyperlinks to broaden and deepen our understanding of a subject.
Let’s face reality. Today’s advanced technology makes reading articles online more convenient, educational, and entertaining for our fast-paced society. However, if we are going to face reality, perhaps there is a reality more important than the values of "convenience and entertainment." What about the value of simple courtesy, of kindness to people around us? Shouldn't we examine the realities, the consequences of being a "fast-paced society"?