Slideshows and SleazeBy Edward Cone | Posted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 10:07 AM
UPDATE: ESPN has suspended its relationships with the Post, meaning that NYP reporters won't be showing up on ESPN programs anytime soon.
Bright folks like you have long since figured out that online publications use slideshows not just to present information in a user-friendly format, but to generate page-views.
It's not always a bad deal for the reader. Some features that would work well in print seem cumbersome on the web. Breaking them up into bite-sized chunks makes them more palatable for website readers. Here's an example I'm proud of, done by one of the better reporters in the business, David Carr.
But a recent slideshow in the New York Post just made me feel dirty.
One image would have been plenty to illustrate the article. Three?
That's indecent, and I don't mean the blurry photos of an unclad woman.