The Best Of The Web
Awards time is here. No, it's not the "Oscar" , "Grammy" or the
"Emmy" awards. It's the awards for the World Wide Web where they choose the
'best of the best' of the Internet. It's the "Webby Awards". And here are the
nominees and winners which are catogarized into 15 categories.
||Incisive commentary on political and Internet-related issues. Recent
topics include the Sokal Prank, the Unabomber, and child molesters. The Dialog section is
the most fun: "Wiring the Fourth Estate," a debate on Web journalism, features
HotWired's Gary Wolf, Word's Marisa Bowe, and Slate's Michael Kinsley. Join the Feedbag to
state your position in the print vs html debate.
|Yet another e-mag that mixes politics and culture, high-brow and
low-brow-but Salon does it masterfully. Big-name cultural critics like Mark Helpern and
Nancy Friday put in guest appearances; daily updates keep you abreast of our planetary
freak show. Issues are shaped around themes like "Growing Up Suburban," and
recent articles have hit on everything from New-Age prostitution to the "tyranny of
the art-film crowd."
||If it's not meaner than H. L. Mencken, it's not Suck. Suck attacks Web
windbags, moguls, and flunkies with an appetite for deconstruction and a smugly satisfying
hipper-than-thou tone. The semi-new Zero Baud section puts the rest of pop culture on the
chopping block; Filler excerpts the worst of print media. New material is published every
||This showy site, a promo for the coffee-table book of the same name, is
studded with gorgeous "behind-the-scenes" photos, mostly of Web movers and
shakers-along with to their sites, natch. The reverent tone is a bit gee-whiz, like the
writing in Life Magazine, but the stunning pictures of Vietnamese business women feeding
poultry and meeting in a commune made us feel all warm and fuzzy about the Web. Of course,
as far as we can tell, the women themselves are not linked up (though they do benefit from
the World Relief Agency's e-mail system). So if you need a good dose of Net religion,
Cyber24 offers the best pep rally around.
||Imagine a hipper-than-thou version of the New Yorker, larded with downtown
attitude and trendy (and ever-so-slightly trashy) features on the classic metropolitan
passions: high-tech toys, sex, music, eating in, going out, and looking cool. The is pure
eye candy and the goes down smoother than a perfect martini.