a very fresh Loaf, indeed.
So Andi wants us all to be Better Media Critics Through Blogging. Which would imply that we should be more, y’know, critical.
So I really ought not to be lavishing Creative Loafing with praise. (Disclaimer #1: didn’t discuss this entry with Andi beforehand, and as far as I know he didn’t contribute to the articles in question. Disclaimer #2: I have plenty of arguments about the Loaf, most of them ideological.)
But: the online presentation of Mara Shalhoup’s two-part series, “Losing Hanna” (see Part I and Part II) is truly excellent. Not only did they include hyperlinks to Shalhoup’s sources — a useful innovation, and I hope one that catches on — but the bulletin boards that follow each article include comments and rejoinders from the family involved.
I’m not optimistic about those bulletin boards, which usually require heavy, heavy monitoring — heavier than I suspect the Loaf can afford to do — or die a miserable, comment-spammed death. But the paper gets big credit for giving it a shot.