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April 5, 2006

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Blood and Treasure Just Blood

God. The LAT series by David Zucchino and Rick Loomis on battlefield medicine in Iraq (part 1, part 2, part 3) is riveting.

It’s a revealing exercise to first read the articles and then watch the Flash features (part 1, part 2, part 3).

There’s just sooo much wiggle room in prose — even smart, sharp prose. More than enough for you to fill in some blanks and imagine the characters as you want them to be. Images and sounds are different; there’s still wiggle room, of course, but not nearly as much.

What’s interesting, though, is that wiggle room isn’t always a bad thing: I found myself connecting with the wounded soldiers a lot more in the written stories. The other-ness of their gruesome injuries and their accents in the Flash pieces only made them seem more distant.

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Posted April 5, 2006 at 4:40 | Comments (1) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Journalism

Comments

Wow...thanks so much for this connection....wonderful piece showing the future of multimedia is here and now.

Posted by: jorge velasquez on April 12, 2006 at 08:39 PM
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