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NYTimes.com

Climate Change, Claims A Lake & An Identity

One thing I really admire & strive to be able to do myself is when an article takes a very simple topic and covers it in so many different ways, that it becomes a really interesting and multifaceted subject. John Haner & Nicholas Casey definitely accomplished that idea in this article.

This article is not just photographs and texts; it contains video, photographs, text, interactive maps and many embedded links. This article is all about one lake, lake Poopo that was dried out from climate change. This article clearly demonstrates how the loss of this lake has negatively affected its residents.

Firstly, the video used as the background for the title is really informative. It shows a lone fisherman with his boat on a dried up lake and the video zooms out to show more and more desolate land. This filming technique allows the viewer to feel the hopelessness of the fisherman who used to rely on this lake for business and food.

Because this article involves a lot of extra information on climate change that people may not be aware of. Instead of cluttering the article with lengthy descriptions, there are many embedded links for viewers to get clarity on the subject.

Another critical multimedia element in this piece is the interactive map of Lake Poopo. As the viewer tries to scroll down from the map, the map zooms in on the lake closer and closer. As the viewer sees a closer view of the lake, facts and information about the lake pop up. This is a fun and unique way to display otherwise not very exciting information. What’s awesome about this map is that as the viewer gets closer to the lake, the lake starts to smaller, eventually disintegrating into just land.

After the informational intro, this article gets more personal. It features photographs of residents that relied on the lake & puts impactful quotes from them in font much larger than the rest of the article.

I think that the article had a lot of good information & used multimedia well to compliment the piece, however, I think that a chart would have gone well with this article. A chart could have been useful in showing how many people relied on this lake, and how many people are left without homes and jobs because of its disintegration.

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