www.failuremag.com The immediate image that came to mind upon hearing there’s something out there called Failure Magazine was of four California college students getting stoned in a cramped dorm room, trying to figure out how to catch up with all their classmates’ e-commerce sites. The light bulb dims and Failure Magazine is born. But there’s a great deal of thought, research and even history behind the magazine’s initial articles. Except, that is, for the current editor’s column, which expresses sympathy for Metallica over the Napster issue.
www.weeklypost.com The Weekly Post says it’s giving us news from Japan, but this is really a conspiracy-enthusiast site. The latest feature article is about the Sogo debacle. The conspiracy it spins is that the U.S. Treasury Department and the Deposit Insurance Corp. got together to deliver a wad of Japanese taxpayer money to a bunch of irresponsible foreign investors. Go ahead: Surf on over, suspend reality for a few minutes and have a laugh.
www.askyenta.com Think of Yenta as a Dear Abby for the Jewish faithful. Some of the letters are serious and present the dilemmas of people trapped between their ancient faith and modern culture. Others, while still serious, can’t be taken as such. One writer feels betrayed because Monica Lewisnky has a Jewish last name that has been plastered onto the front pages of newspapers around the globe, embarrassing “the entire Jewish community.”
www.pattayamail.com Since Surferspud lives in Japan now and takes trains everywhere, he no longer gets a chance to rubberneck at accident sites on the highway. Fortunately there’s the Pattaya Mail to satisfy his morbid curiosity. Everyone has a mental image of Pattaya, a Thai town of excessive hedonism, and although we might not want to get off the bus there, we do want to open the window and see what all the ruckus is about. The Pattaya Mail gives an undistorted view. Typical headline: “Irate tourist wallops bar girl.”
ananova.com A British news service is dishing out the news via a computer-generated anchor, Ananova. The video doesn’t quite keep up with the audio, the effect is on the eerie side and Ananova could use a touch of Jar Jar Binks, seeing as how she is currently bereft of personality. But this is what the Internet is all about: A place where those with ideas can put them forward and let the rest of us decide if they’re any good. Or make suggestions on how they could be improved. Ananova isn’t the future of TV journalism by any means, but she might be a starting point.