The voice went straight into the story, a story about the loss of a friend and brother. After the sudden and piercing gunshot, it seemed the entire world became quite. All that’s left was a heavy sigh.

A short audio slideshow An Ambush and a Comrade Lost , made by New York Times, came out on April 19, 2009 — after a young Private First Class, Dewater, was killed by the Taliban in Aliabad, Afghanistan.

This audio and visual piece made good use of the two. The pictures represent the stories that the speakers are telling. The slippery road and ” the Aliabad stairs” and the river which had a “board on it that was pretty small” — these images not only brought the words into motion but also relived the happening before our eyes. The expression on soldiers’s faces matched the stress in speakers’ voices when talked about Pfc. Dewater’s death. Throughout the audio slideshow, images changed as voices changed, it made it seem more real and the person in the picture was actually telling the story. 

The combination of voice over images of the real situation is efficient and effective since it saves time from reading the article on what happened. Besides, it conveys a stronger message with powerful and emotional feelings to the audience because it was told by two partakers who survived the ambush — their feelings are real and representative. The relief, the haste to fight back, the exhaust, the anger, and the sigh said it all. “I didn’t think I was going to make it out of that one. I don’t think any of us did.”

After the tragic loss, a more heartening ending note was played. The soldiers stopped searching and moved on with their journey. However, this reminds me of the cliche happy ending of most American media content.


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