One flawed way of looking at multimedia is that it has to involve a lot of types of media (multiple, if you will). That seems to miss the promise of the Internet, which is that any medium can be expressed fully and properly – and cheaply.

This production from the San Jose Mercury News (who said Americans couldn’t innovate?) talks about the day-to-day existence in the Mumbai slums (while we’re at it, who said newspapers weren’t covering the world?). I saw and enjoyed Slumdog Millionaire, but the silent footage in this presentation pulled my heartstrings more than the movie. No words, no narration, no interviews: just video, some of it slowed down enough to appear to be a photograph, and some background music. To devastating effect.


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