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Journal MyLongNickName's Journal: BBC vs MSNBC 2

I really respect the BBC. It does not mean I always agree with everything they write. My respect is not dependent on the degree to which I agree with someone. In fact, some folks that I don't respect much tend to have very similar views as me. Sometimes it is the way one arives at one's choices in life.

The BBC has a really good IT staff. They use technology in a way to make news more understandable. A recent example was their illustrating the hard choices the U.K. would have to make in order to meet demand and meet environmental regulations. You were allowed to make some basic choices, and see the results. try to be to "green", and you blow the price of energy thorugh the roof. Try to go the other direction, and you got to see what the result would be in envronmental terms. It hink it made it very easy to understand the hard choices we all have to make.

Now, look at MSNBC. They are trying to show the immigration issue in the U.S. They were showing how many immigrants live in each state. Yet the way they did it was horrendous (see for yourself here. Not only can you only see one state at a time, but it is virtually impossible to jusp to the state you want without numerous clicks. Is this a good way to present information.

The big difference between MSNBC and BBC. The tech crew at MSNBC uses Flash for the sake of using Flash. Not that it is called for. Usually, it detracts from information presentation instead of adding to it. The BBC uses technology in an intelligent way. It is clear the "information presentation" group and the "web guys" work closely, and have a good understanding of each other.

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  • .. you "don't always agree"? Editorials appear to be the minority of their articles, is that all you read? Or, are you saying that sometimes you don't agree with the world, that in your opinion certain things don't happen or aren't happening? Or, here's the likely answer, were you just saying you "don't always agree" to give some faux sense of balance because, on slashdot, it's not the facts that are important, it's whether or not the outlet has a perception of "left" or "right" wing to it?
  • This is one way: 45 []
    It goes to the journal, or lack thereof, but it does work.

    If a site that isn't that important has flash I just usually go somewhere else.
    Luckely the internet has copies of stuff so I will find it in a easier to navigate place.

The last thing one knows in constructing a work is what to put first. -- Blaise Pascal