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Webby Awards Part III



After two weeks and countless column inches I can safely say that I’m approaching the halfway point in my analyses of the various Web sites nominated for a Webby Award in 27 different categories. Judges will present their awards in July based on the technology, user-friendliness, appearance and content of the nominated sites.

I’m picking my favourite and the runner up in each category. Last week I got as high as Government and Law.

Appropriately, with the Liberals in power and promising to cut taxes and maintain the current level of funding for health care, the first category for this week is "Health".

Check out www.webbyawards.com for the complete list of nominees and the full explanation of the awards.


It’s not the best looking of the sites, but my favourite would have to be www.medbroadcast.com , otherwise billed as "Canada’s Source for Health Information". This is a huge and comprehensive look at health for men and women, from infants to the infirm, from the outside in. It’s a hypochondriac’s paradise, and a good place to go if you want advice on drugs, treatments, or that armpit rash that keeps you up nights. This site also follows an archives health news to keep you up to date on the latest medical breakthroughs, and what medications you shouldn’t mix.

My choice for runner-up would have to be www.thriveonline.com . Thrive is a magazine for healthy lifestyles aimed at teens and twenty-somethings. The information is nothing groundbreaking, put presented in such a way as to be compelling.

For example, they use humour, vice and voyeurism to lure you into serious discussions on such embarrassing topics as human sexuality – i.e. May is National Masturbation Month. They also relate fitness and nutrition questions back to sports you might play, drawing connections you probably wouldn’t have otherwise made.


The winner, without a shadow of doubt, has to be The Onion at www.theonion.com . This weekly paper takes satire to a whole new level, picking apart our modern world with surgical precision and a shocking level of insight into our hopes, fears, foibles and prejudices – if you don’t recognize a little bit of you or your friends and family in any of the articles or columns, then you’re probably Amish.

As a sidebar, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Our Dumb Century, 100 years of satirical headlines that elevate cynicism to a sophisticated art form.