October 14, 2008

Slyde Showzzz

The first website's photo slide shows I tried was MSNBC.com's.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4999736/

They were what I expected: functional.

There was plenty of historical context given in each caption, the photos were numbers and they were navigated with ease. Basically,there were no flaws but it didn't do anything that blew me away. There was a GIANT spam advertising logo at the bottom, though.

Next, I tried Reuters.

http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures

Functionally, it was a little harder to navigate than the last one I tried. But, it was not that bad. There were no advertisements, but there was the option to "buy" the particular print. One cool feature was the "best photos of the week" option. The captions explained the context and it gave a good visual representation of the week's news.

Finally, I tried Time's.

http://www.time.com/time/photoessays

Unlike the other's, there was no box that popped up from the website, the slide show functioned within the actual site. This was different, and neither detracted from or added to the experience. The captions were too vague, but the ideas for the shows were inspired. For example, there was the depressing/captivating "Trader's Faces" show which depicted the near-suicide expressions on Wall St. traders from the past week.

September 23, 2008

The "Gotchya!" Bailout Converage

In the flurry of coverage concerning Wall Street's recent woes one thing has been evident: The papes are quick to point a finger not at the corporate greed and lack of vision that spurred the historic losses, but rather, George W. Bush.

Sure, ol' Georgie's backwards system of unregulated supply-side economics surely hampered the fiscal situation, but what really did Wall Street in was good ol' fashioned greed.

The liberal blogspere is currently playing the "Haha got ya!" game with the prez and the papers are following suit. Bush certainly deserves some of the blame, but he's even now being blasted for doing the right/very liberal thing - a government bailout of said institutions.

Bush is -without question - a reprehensible leaders. But, he could probably catch a little bit of a break here and let the fat-cats (most of which are his loyalists) take the blame. Bush is going to have a terrible legacy regardless of his blame or lack of blame concerning Wall St.