The Webby Awards, awarded by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science, recognize the top Web sites in 30 different categories. There are five nominees in each category, all of which were selected on the basis of visual appearance, use of technology, usefulness, impact, and content. Visit www.webbyawards.com for a more detailed explanation of the awards.
For the next few weeks, Cybernaut will be looking at the various sites that were nominated. Weve covered Activism through Education.
Hint Fashion Magazine www.hintmag.com
With a wide range of columns and a long list of regular features Hint is young, edgy and deadly serious about fashion and beauty.
Japanese Streets www.japanesestreets.com
Japan is the one market where trends still take hold, and creativity in fashion and art is encouraged. Japanese Streets looks at whats happening in Japans cosmopolitan cities.
Lucire takes a look at fashion and fashion people from an insiders point of view.
This is the online home of Vogue and W magazines, carrying some of the same content as well as a number of Web only features.
Bright Lights Film Journal www.brightlightsfilm.com
This is an eclectic (an artsy word for weird) collection of films, reviews coming from a very edgy, jaded and elitist place.
This site is dedicated to the independent cinema industry, which these days includes productions under about $6 million US. Not only does it cover movies, actors and production people, it also covers the financial and political elements of filmmaking.
Metacritic is nominated in both the Film and Music categories this year, and is a great resource for generally indecisive people. Basically, Metacritic compiles reviews from a list of respected critics and publications for film, music and games to come up with a mean Metascore for the product. Click on any title, and the reviews are listed from best to worst.
Rotten Tomatoes www.rottentomatoes.com
Rotten Tomatoes is almost the same as Metacritic, although it takes far more reviews into account, and also has a scoring system thats open to the public. There are interesting spolights and features, movie recommendations, a compilation of reviews, a look at celebrities basically a lot of stuff to keep you coming back.
SPONGI is a collection of amateur short films and features produced for local cable access channels, like Whistlers Cable 6. Although the filmmakers probably do want to break into the mainstream one day, most of SPONGIs collection is light, funny, and doesnt take itself too seriously.