I chose to pick the website called "Exquisite Corpse" by Sharon Denning on the Ars Electronica category of 1996-2000. Her site is found at: http://www.repohistory.org/circulation/exquisite/ec_fr.html The reason that I feel this is an excellent example of an original website idea is that it not only shows what people think and how people can affect the outcome of a story, or even the web, but it asks for viewer participation on a level much higher than that of a point and click. I also think that this site, although older still has relevance today. It is still pretty rare to find any type of website out there which asks you to use a viewer's ability to think creatively. In this way the site itself pretty much creates artists by asking everyone to get involved. As far a technical merits, I was pleased to see that it's a fairly easy site to operate, offers text in both HTML, Flash and shows the "tree" of the storyline as well. By using the tree structure of basic computer science, it would seem pretty easy to de-bug or change. As to adapting to future changes, I could easily see that this site could be altered to admit any new types of text or formatting on computer. It might even be possible to enter images or sound in the future. Navigation in the system is also relatively easy in that it is based on navigation on the desktop "files" form as well as your basic point and click. Give this site a look and get lost in it's own world!

I chose to pick the website from the 2002 Webbys entitled The Onion. The link is: http://www.theonion.com. On a technical level this site works well in keeping the reader not only informed of the most recent events, but also makes fun of many of the crazy things that go on from day to day. Visually it is appealing in that the site is set up in an easy to understand newspaper format. Navigation of the site is basic and understandable. What was refreshing about this site was that it provided links to many of the stories they wrote about, giving the user a greater amount of information. It responds well to both high and low tecnocrats by not only providing an on-line form but also a printed version. I feel that through the use of comedy The Onion brings about serious world issues and keeps the reader updated with information as well as telling the world to not take itself so seriously.

The Ottoman Trader's Guild site is the most recent site which I have visited and been impressed with. As a historical re-enactor of the Renaissance and Mid-east regions I find it increasingly difficult to find ANY site which has any valuable information on the authentic peoples of Turkey and the Ottoman Emprie. Their site is located at: http://www.ottoman-traders.com . On many levels this information doesn't really appeal to the general public, but for a specific person involved in this kind of work, it is a true gem. Not only does it help with costume and accents it aids in giving the history of the area, which has been oft mis-recorded in western history. The site is fairly basic and has a decent layout scheme. The links and navigation are straightforward and helpful. As a resource it was great to see a working biography and suggested patterns for costuming. I feel that with these basic tools it might stand the test of time, but that is hard to say due to the fact that it appeals to such a small audience.



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