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New York Times discovers Web Lab Web Lab was featured in a major commentary about online dialogues in Denise Caruso's "Digital Commerce" column in The New York Times on Monday. The widely respected columnist called our dialogue technique "one of the most innovative ideas for creating value and relevance in online conversation". http://www.weblab.org/press/070599nytimes.htm
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Still looking for American Love Stories Help! We still need many many stories for our American Love Stories site. If you can spread the word to folks who might be interested in submitting a story about negotiating differences in their relationships, whether they be racial, religious, age, class or anything else, please send them our way: http://www.pbs.org/lovestories Big thanks to our most recently arrived ALS Partners: The Western Justice Center (http://www.westernjustice.org) and (close in name but not related) LoveStories.com (http://www.lovestories.com), both of whom have story submission pages on their sites cooking up some excellent stories for ALS. (Ask us about doing this with your own site!)
Sneak Preview: NeedCom Our first project in the second round of the Web Development Fund, NeedCom, reached its Beta stage this week. While the site is not due to launch until July 19th, we want to invite our newsletter recipients to an early "preview". Please keep in mind this is only the Beta, but we do welcome your viewing and any feedback you might like to offer. http://www.pbs.org/weblab/needcom
VAGUEpolitix is happening! VAGUEpolitix launched with a bang on Flag Day, June l4, and within 3 days it was a Yahoo Pick of the Day and a Netscape "What's Cool" site. (Netscape gave it a 9 for content and 9 for design on a scale of 1 to 10!) Within a week, Projectcool.com -- devoted to showcasing Web sites that exhibit exemplary design and/or content -- spotlighted the site as its pick of the day, Eblast.com from Encyclopedia Britannica chose VAGUEpolitix as its site of the day -- and Yahoo chose VAGUEpolitix as its Pick of the Week, a rare exception for a site already listed as a Yahoo Pick of the Day!
On June 23, Atlantic Unbound, the web site of the Atlantic Monthly magazine, ran a piece on VAGUEpolitix on http://www.theatlantic.com Print coverage kicked off with a great review in the June l0-17 issue of the widely-read magazine Time Out New York, and a feature in The Albany Times Union. Min's New Media Report, a high-profile newsletter for media industry movers and shakers, ran a piece in its June 21 edition, including interviews with editor-in-chief Lynn Phillips and executive producer Elizabeth Santeix.
And on the radio side, Marc Weiss and Lynn Phillips did a live 30-minute interview with Brian Lehrer on his call-in program, On The Line, on National Public Radio's WNYC-AM here in New York City. Lynn and Elizabeth have been doing preliminary interviews with other print and broadcast outlets as well, so we're anticipating continued positive press over the next couple months. Keep your eyes peeled! http://www.pbs.org/weblab/vaguepolitix
WDF funding announcement: Utopian Traces
We are delighted to announce the second recipient of funding in Round 2 of the Web Development Fund. Utopian Traces will be a web-based multi-linear, multimedia documentary about the 60's communes of northern New Mexico. The site will also explore the relationship between the intentional communities of the 60s and the virtual communities of the 90s. The site is being created by cultural critic Erik Davis, writer / webmaster Spiros Antonopoulos, and new media artist Dawn DeDeaux. A prototype will be completed in mid-October. Discussions are still under way with a third potential WDF project, which we hope to be able to announce in our next newsletter.
Advisory Board The Web Lab Advisory Board is made up of New Media luminaries that consult and support Web Lab. Current members are Marisa Bowe, Jason McCabe Calacanis, Glorianna Davenport, Stacy Horn, Adam Clayton Powell 3rd, Jai Singh, Chris Varley, Ron Wakkary, Tom Watson, Benjamin Weil, and Maria Wilhelm. We're pleased to announce two new members: Flip Filipowski is President and CEO of Platinum Technology, Inc., one of the fastest growing software firms of all time, with almost $1 billion dollars in revenues in 1998. Under Filipowski's leadership, Platinum has initiated several important "social ventures" including the 21st Century Pioneer Partnership Award in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution. Mark Stahlman is General Partner of Humanity Fund, Inc., an Internet start-up venture capital fund, and President of New Media Associates, Inc. a New York based company involved in technology driven economic development. He is a writer and analyst who focuses on the strategic intersection of technology, business and social trends. A full list of the illustrious group they're joining: http://www.weblab.org/adbo.ihtml
Sightings Fourth Annual Global Information Infrastructure (GII) Awards. Marc Weiss was a judge and the POV Interactive RE: Vietnam site was a finalist last year. http://www.gii.com Barry Joseph's moderation of the Andy Warhol musuem's on-line dialogue about Warhol and Walt Disney is currently under way. Feel free to join in. http://warhol.clpgh.org/forums
Mission Statement Web Lab develops and promotes innovative ways to use the web as a transforming force in people's lives and in society, and catalyzes others to experiment with the medium's potential to serve the public interest. Web Lab is a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts. For more information, visit: http://www.WebLab.org
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