WebbyAwards.gif (3265 bytes)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.

  • Art/Design

    Feed 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."
    Suck 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 weekday.
    24 Hours in Cyberspace 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.
    Urban Desires 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.
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