I'm not sure what this means but I'm sure you can deduce something from it. Here is a top-down view of the 50 most visited websites on the web.
I know criticism is easy but that doesn't mean you can't be particularly good at it. Jeff Stark, the associate editor of Salon Arts and Entertainment, is very good at it.
Read his article Rock is dead and well at the MTV;; Video Awards at Salon. Sure, criticizing the MTV;; VMAs for being low class and artless is kind of like criticizing *Nsync for pandering to teenage girls, but this is still a fun article.
A representative sample (italics mine):
Durst of Limp Bizkit (do not follow this link) said something about being in “the world's most hated rock band.” This is the same lame outlaw posturing Metallica specializes in. How unpopular can you be, Fred, if you're up onstage getting an award from Viacom?
- Signal vs. Noise - take a few minutes to read the many pages at their company site, 37signals, and wonder why you aren't as smart as they are.
- dack.com - the sarcastic bastard and creator of such brilliant works as Amazon 2001: A Navigation Odyssey
- Jeffrey Zeldman Presents - for web people. this guy updates his site every morning for breakfast, literally.
- useit.com - for even webbier people
- kottke.org - some guy
- k10k.net* - the brave designers paradise
The Onion is a site which hardly needs an introduction. A site actually driven by content worth digesting, it is one of the few websites worth visiting on a regular basis. The paticular genius of the site is the disguising of social comentary as low-brow humour.
* Author is comfortable enough with his masculinity to be able to say "touching," and mean it. No giggling either.
I remember reading an article about how the web and hyperlinks were going to change the way children thought. At the time I dismissed it as mumbo-jumbo about non-linear thought patterns and other such nonsense. I fear the hypothesis have been proven true in myself.
Sitting in an evening university class (a place which is both foreign and familiar to me), I found myself constantly wanting the professor to move on. I found myself 'skimming' the lecture and was incredibly frustrated when I couldn't control the movement from topic to topic.
Clearly, part of the problem is my inability to interact with people who don't exist on my computer. However, I think this points to a clear conclusion: The Internet has fried my brain.
Their product, The Flasher, occasionally flashes on your computer screen while you work with affirmative messages like:
- cigarettes taste bad
- smokers are ugly
- lung cancer is painful
- I like to exercise
- I love my body
- I Chew My Food Thoroughly
I did not make this up. However, I wish I had.
I would like to state, that from the beginning I was against the title of this site. Although the meanings are different, ‘Volition’ triggers similar word-sound-associations to ‘Volitile’ and ‘Violation’. Both words that I associate to negative things. I'd complain more, but I don't have a better title.
Nothing is more upsetting than a good domain name gone to waste. Well no, actually there are many far more upsetting events, and Sick.com could have proudly displayed any of them. At the very least it could have been a medical webiste or a porn site. However, Sick.com peddles e-cards. These aren’t just any e-cards either, these cards are “cards that bite!” They range from the inane , to the inexplicable , to the profoundly inexplicable. Can anyone explain these to me? Am I missing something? Is there a larger joke here which I am not grasping?
I suppose the quality of Sick.com isn’t entirely surprising considering the apparent leader in the field of e-cards, but if you want to make an “in your face” e-card, at least put some effort into it.