Fall Down Go Boom!

Like a lot of traditional daily newspapers, the Post-Gazette is struggling to figure out what to do with this whole Internet thing. Once in a while, the paper does a cool thing. Click on this link:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05267/577071.stm

It's the online version of a story in this morning's paper about the demolition of the Garfield Heights high-rise yesterday. If your browser works like my (IE and Firefox) browsers, you'll be treated to a four-image Javascript-enabled sequence that shows the building falling down. You don't get that in newsprint.

In other journalism news, Anthony writes, a propos of the City Paper's story about Allegheny County handguns, "But I’m a fan of the underdog and believe that the little guys like the City Paper need to be held to a higher standard than the big boys, like the P-G or the Trib, to be considered a legitimate alternative news source." Ah -- but since when has the City Paper aspired to be a legitimate alternative news source? I thought that the point of the City Paper, and similar alt-urban-tabs, was to be a not-always-respectable-but-always-provocative alternative news source? Sure, the guns story cops an attitude, and Anthony is absolutely right to be skeptical. But I'd rather the City Paper kept the attitude. We've got enough legitimate Pittsburgh institutions as it is. I'm all for a little more provocation.

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