Ebola in transmedia (1)

I reviewed the Ebola-related links posted by my teammates and chose six to investigate further. The list of six is diverse when it comes to content, approach and professionalism. I tried to assemble a mix of big and small publications, each addressing the Ebola outbreak in different ways and from different perspectives. A couple of the links I chose take the form of lists or feeds, in which are links to other publications and websites that have posted about the Ebola outbreak.

The Student Blog (No. 1 on my list) is a science and medicine blog that discussed in considerable depth the causes, symptoms and outcomes of the Ebola virus. The post clearly was intended for a niche audience (the science community or those familiar enough to understand its vernacular). The Student Blog generates the type of content to which the Twitter pages (Vox and Ebola News) posted links. These feeds act as a kind of folder for Ebola-related news. Not all the posts on either feed has to do with the virus, but most of the posts do and with varying angles: the political vs. human sides of Ebola.

The rest of my listed consisted of posts by the Washington Post, Reddit and Pinterest. Each link brought something different. The Washington Post story, while relatively basic and more shallow than the post by the Student Blog, was probably the most comprehensive and informative of the trio. The story was mostly text but incorporated a nice graphic that illustrated the potential spread of the disease. Like Vox and Ebola News, the Reddit link is a compilation of other links, some of which are more controversial or incendiary than others. Reddit’s system of voting “up” or “down” might contribute to a different culture than found in most publications. The Pinterest story seemed quite surface-level in its treatment of science and medicine — simplifying language and not going too deep into the virus — probably because the type of consumer who would go to Pinterest for news on Ebola likely isn’t looking for a thorough analysis.

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