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Webby Awards Part II

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In case you missed last week’s Cybernaut, there’s this organization that gives out awards to the best Web sites in 27 different categories. They are rated for visual appeal, content, functionality, dynamic content and general usefulness.

I also picked my own favourite in each category, and got as far as Education. Anyone interested in a Webby pool?

Fashion

While this topic is certainly not my forte, and nowhere close to being up my alley, like most guys out there I have watched enough Fashion Television to get a gist of the industry – sadly there’s more to it than supermodels and lingerie.

All of the sites were stylish, high-tech, and easy on the eyes. The content was geared mainly towards women, with the exception of a few $1,500 wrist watches and high-priced colognes – things women buy for men.

While www.sowear.com was not the best looking site, it had the least attitude and gets my thumbs up for best fashion site. Most of the clothes and designers featured are relatively new to the game, and relatively down to earth.

Film

Like fashion, film (the movies to me, "cinema" to everyone who kept a straight face while declaring "Film Studies" as their major) is unknown territory for me. While I have been to and enjoyed a variety of small budget art films in my day, these seldom make it to Whistler. Some of our better movie rental stores do pick them up, and I do seriously consider renting them before I walk out with copies of Gladiator and Deuce Bigelow, Male Gigolo.

All of the sites in this category required a fast modem with the exception of www.indiewire.com , a compilation of news and reviews focusing on independent films. The articles are generally collected from news magazines of the same vein as The Georgia Strait and as a result the writing is excellent.

The runner-up would have to be www.saulbass.net/psychostudio – the 45 second shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s original Psycho is one of the most analyzed collections of footage in film studies. On this site you can take the original footage and cut and edit the content yourself online and compare your scene with the original.

Warning: Unless you have a fast connection, pack a lunch.

Finance

Yet again I must confess my ignorance – and to a certain degree my disdain – for a Webby Award category. All this crap about interest rates, housing starts, the Asian market and pork bellies cuts humanity and our true nature off at the knees. We’ve allowed corporations to set our priorities and our values, most of which are centred around the basic concept that the road to true happiness is the same road that leads to the mall – materialistic pursuits rule because in the end we’re judged by our material possessions.

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