Webby Awards Part V

The Webby Awards were handed out on June 17, but I’m going to tell you who was nominated in every category, category by category, anyway. While this may appear on the surface to be mindless filler on the part of the author, I assure you that I know exactly what I’m doing. This is mindful filler.

I have a hard enough time finding something decent to watch on television with just 50 channels. Finding a good Web site out of tens of thousands is just about impossible. As a result I find myself visiting the same Web sites over and over again.

The Webby Awards are presented to the top Web sites in more than 30 different categories, and typically includes dozens of worthwhile sites I’ve never even heard of. For more information, visit .

This week I’ll review the nominees in Net Art to Politics


360 Degrees ( ) – "Even as the crime rate is dropping, the criminal justice system continues to grow…" 360 Degrees is a stunning visual look at the American justice system that is gritty, informative and cool.

Consume ( ) – This is a tekkie site dedicated to superseding the existing Internet structure with a "free-for-the-people" kind of agenda. By leaving the servers out of it, connecting by nodes – e.g. your home computer.

DeskSwap ( ) – Ever get bored of your computer’s desktop? Wanna swap with someone else? Virtually every computer desktop is the same, although it may look very different with different fonts, background images, etc. This service allows you to test drive another layout, a different one every day if you want.

Praystation ( ) – "Praystation is used to work out concepts…" Hard to fathom but intriguing nonetheless especially to Flash programmers and enthusiasts.

They Rule ( ) – "They Rule aims to make some of the relationships of the elite of the U.S. ruling class visible. It allows users to browse through the interlocking directories of some of the most powerful American companies and easily run searches on them. If a user finds an interesting Web site about a company or director they can add it to a list of URL’s…"


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