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Friday, December 21, 2012

The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek

Posted by on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 9:51 AM

The New York Times' epic story of the killer avalanche near Steven's Pass last winter is a must read.


Read it not only for the great reporting of the heart-wrenching story, but for the multimedia experience they've put together. It's incredible and completely engrossing, and does what technology in media should do. The Times web guys are rock stars who are really pushing to discover the future of news on the web, and it's clearly not "leveraging the social graph" or "buzz" or "listicleish" or whatever. It is what it's always been—great storytelling that smartly takes advantage of the tools at hand to make the story better. Always to make the story better.


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emor 1
I just spent the last hour reading this stoy. It is powerful stuff. Tragic and powerful. Absolutely gripping.
Posted by emor on December 21, 2012 at 10:05 AM · Report this
gttim 2
I finished that this morning. The story was incredible. How it was presented was awesome! They took a big leap forward on how to present stories on the web. I hope more websites follow suit. The internet could become vastly more interesting.
Posted by gttim on December 21, 2012 at 10:37 AM · Report this
While beautiful, I find this type of thing to be distracting. Instead of just reading the story, I find myself poking around and trying to make sure I don't miss any clever interactive shit. The problem is that it's nonlinear -- you can't just take in the story and be done.
Posted by beef rallard on December 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM · Report this
Just ignore the interviews/etc. and read the words. Words are all you need.
Posted by sarah70 on December 21, 2012 at 1:45 PM · Report this
onion 5
meh. the only real compelling reason to read it is the novel multimedia experience. i found myself skimming the story...all the details about each skier etc. just seemed boring. a bunch of thrill-seekers who made a pretty human and not unexpected mistake. i did not find that very compelling.
tragic, yes. but is that all we are gawking at here? isn't this story just more rubbernecking at other people's misfortune?
Posted by onion on December 21, 2012 at 2:31 PM · Report this
biffp 6
@1, completely agree. Mesmerizing.
Posted by biffp on December 21, 2012 at 3:08 PM · Report this
Love the trails on the maps/photos that progress along with the text.
Posted by midwaypete on December 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM · Report this
Having skied the run several times, the level of detail of the reporting and the interactive information was amazing. Seeing the details of how I lost a friend was heartbreaking. A great article, amazing design work and a warning to those of who do ski outside the rope lines.
Posted by Jayzor on December 21, 2012 at 5:59 PM · Report this
Some behind the scenes info:…
Posted by ohthetrees on December 21, 2012 at 6:51 PM · Report this
This was purely gripping to read and interact with. I cant help but observe that the only likely reason to nay-say this amazing work would be because it doesnt fit into a sound-bite our social-media-addicted selves have become so dependant on. Pick something up thats more than even a couple hundred words and get lost once and a while, for crying out loud!
Posted by ahleec on December 21, 2012 at 7:52 PM · Report this
In response to Onion, one of the reasons it's not just gawking at other's misfortune is because of the lessons drawn, about the pitfalls of group decision making and the risks even experts take when they are lulled into a false sense of confidence due to overconfidence, ego, or just plain carelessness. There's an important cautionary tale here, told well.
Posted by PTT on December 29, 2012 at 6:53 AM · Report this
Absolutely mesmerizing in its beautiful reporting, I spent an hour reading it also.
Posted by richardc020 on January 2, 2013 at 9:38 PM · Report this

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