This article described the beginning of the Volkswagen scandal as well as the aftermath for both Volkswagen and its consumers. It leads the reader through the timeline of the story with a discussion of the current events surrounding the scandal, and then a brief description of the research lab that made the discovery.
The title of the article reads “The Academic Paper That Broke the Volkswagen Scandal”, however, few details about the testing process of the cars or the research that went into the paper are given. Do you feel that that this is a misleading or clickbaity title? Or that enough information is given about the academic paper to justify the title? Is the article’s angle of describing the paper effective in providing a new and innovative look at this story? I personally feel that the article did not illuminate any interesting details about the paper, with the exception of the statistic about the discrepancy in expected illumination levels, which could have been included otherwise.
How do you feel about the inclusion of several links throughout this story? Do you think that readers will take the time to browse through any of them? Can it be worth it for the writer to go ahead and summarize some of these articles in her review of the scandal? I thought that readers would appreciate a recap of how the illegal devices that showed the emissions to be deceptively low functioned. The links also, in my opinion, served to make the article seem more like a review of the situation than anything else.
Lastly, the articles we read this week vastly differed in how much they discussed technology. The articles about the EPA included several details about how their machines worked, whereas articles like this one and the one about few electric vehicles on the roads did not delve into the technological reasons behind the observed results. Do you feel that a breakdown of the technology involved serves to make these articles more or less interesting to readers? How can technology be included in a way that doesn’t bog down the article?