July 14th, 2000

There are lots of great articles, and some really bad ones, on the Internet. Though we link to all of them at MacOS News Around The Web, some of them deserve special mention here. Most of what we will mention within these pages will be among the best, but on occasion we will talk about articles that are so bad or so wrong we just have to say something. Consider them mini-editorials on our part about things we think you might also be interested in.

Best [1:30 PM] Fortune: First - Survival of the Fittest
Is it just me, or does it seem that every time you turn around another pimple faced, over weight, pale skinned geek with the social skills of an isolated Maple tree has become a multimillionaire? But Iim not bitter. This article talks about what it takes to be an effective start up in todayis computer world, how to get money, and other things that seem so far removed from reality for the normal person. Our favorite quote from this piece:

In the first quarter (venture capitalists) raised $12.4 billion in fresh cash--twice what they raised a year ago--from investors expecting big returns. So they must find new niches of the Internet explosion to bankroll. And who are their lucky favorites now?

Now, if anybody has an extra US$60 million laying around, I can be reached at.... Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

Best [1:30 PM] AppleLust - Web Empowerment
For those into this stuff, the introduction of the World Wide Web was supposed to mark the beginning of the ultimate empowering tool. Gender and status lines could theoretically be ignored, physical appearance was irrelevant, the only thing that mattered was the quality of your words. Obviously, it did not happen that way. The economic and educated elite still have Net access where those in disadvantaged positions do not, and there are a host of other non-utopian aspects to the WWW. However, it has empowered some people, and offered them a chance to do things they might not have had the chance to otherwise do. This article takes a look at how the Web has provided countless opportunities for people that might not have had them any other way. Our favorite quote from this piece:

I talked with someone the other day who is blind. She told me this, "I am highly skilled and professional. I never got a job. Why? My eyes. Now, with the Web, I have three jobs." Get it? The Web has given her a voice (she is actually a journalist and content editor so I mean this literally). She has gained freedom, dignity and control over her life. The Web gave it to her.

You know, I didnit even know she was blind. I had no clue. It is true that people can hide behind the Web. The Web is a good hiding place. It masks things, it hides them. This can be could when what lays hidden is the cause of prejudice and discrimination though.

A bit "deeper" than we usually see here, but very interesting. Reviewer - Kyle DiAddario

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