Extreme multimedia

We’re going to take a look at two examples of what might be called extreme multimedia to open class today — the now-classic “Snow Fall” presentation by The New York Times and a new presentation by The Guardian, heavily influenced by “Snow Fall,” titled “NSA Files: Decoded,” a long piece of explanatory journalism about the Edward Snowden revelations.

Does this immersive experience draw us more deeply into longform journalism, as some argue? Or are some of the multimedia features little more than a bells-and-whistles distraction, as others have said?

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