1997 Webby Awards

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The 1997 Webby Awards were the first of the annual Webby Awards, and also the first-ever nationally televised awards ceremony devoted to the Internet. 700 people attended the event on March 6, 1997 at Bimbo's Night Club in San Francisco, California[1]

Nominees and winners[edit]

(from http://www.webbyawards.com/webbys/winners-1997.php)
Category Webby Award winner Other nominees

Art and Design

Entropy8 - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

AdaWeb - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
@tlas - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Eadweard Muybridge: New Media Pioneer - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Migraine Boy - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Books and magazines

Salon - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Feed Magazine - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Suck - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
24 Hours in Cyberspace - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Urban Desires - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Film

Internet Movie Database - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Cinemedia Site - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Mr. Showbiz - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Film.com - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
E!Online - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Games

You Don't Know Jack - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Macromedia Shockwave Gallery - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Happy Puppy - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Gamespot - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Games Domain - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Home

Family Planet - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

HomeArts - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Cocktail - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Britannica Online - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Toiletology 101 - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Health

Reuters Health Information - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Women's Edge - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Planet Out - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
DeathNet - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Acupuncture.com - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Money

Edmunds Automobile Guide - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

The Motley Fool - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Fortune - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
CNNfn - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Adbuster's Culture Jammer's Headquarters - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Music

SonicNet - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Wilma - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Addicted to Noise - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Microsoft Music Central - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Tunes.com - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Politics + Law

The Netizen - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Disinformation - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
California Voter Foundation - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Channel A - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
The Stalker's Home Page - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Science

The Exploratorium - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

ArchNet - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
The Discovery Channel Online - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Scientific American - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Smithsonian Magazine - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Sports

ESPNet SportsZone - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Charged - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
The Coach's Edge - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Instant Ballpark - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
SkiNet - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Travel

TravelMag - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

The Rough Guide USA - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Route 66 - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Travelocity - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
travlang - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

TV

The Gist - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Edrive - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
PBS Online - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
UltimateTV (Online Service) - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
The Biz - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Weird

Gallery of the Absurd - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Ad Nauseam - (current archive at the Internet Archive[dead link])
Fetish - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
Entropy Gradient Reversal - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))
The ONION - (current archive at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 1997))

Panelists[edit]

Whereas in later years the panelists were official members of International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, in 1997 the awards were chosen and given by IDG's The Web Magazine, which appointed a panel to judge the competition.[2]

The panel of judges was:[3]

Dean Andrews writer
Spencer Ante Associate editor, THE WEB Magazine
Justine Bateman Star, Men Behaving Badly
Alex Bennett Radio host
Jane Bosveld writer
Lily Burana writer
Ted Casablanca E! Online
James Cury Senior Associate Editor, THE WEB
The Eels Rock band
Ira Flatow Host, National Public Radio Science
Steve Fox Editor-in-Chief, THE WEB
Angela Freeman PC World Assistant Editor
Kurt Freytag President, Lucid Dreams
David Futrelle Editor, Salon
Lisa Goldman President, Construct Internet Design
Michael Goodwin Movie critic, computer journalist
Michael Gough Editor in Chief, Sidewalk.com
Nina Hartley Actress
Ean Hauts Journalist
Eric Hellweg Staff Editor, PC World
Penn Jillette Magician
Amy Johns Wired magazine editor
Pagan Kennedy author
Todd Lappin Editor, Wired
Rob Levine Music critic
Karen Libertore Online Producer, MacWorld Online
Jennife McDonald Literary Agent
Mark Meadows Creative Director, Construct Internet Design
Pamela Mendels Reporter, New York Times CyberTimes
Sia Michel Associate Edtiro, Spin Magazine
Erika Milvy Writer
Lisa Palac Founding Editor of FutureSex Magazine
Tony Perkin Editor-in-Chief, Red Herring
David Pescovitz Author, Editor
Adam Philips Writer
Suzan Revah Associate Editor, American Journalism Review
Derk Richardson Music, TV, and Film Critic
Bob Sabat Managing Editor, SmartMoney
Nathan Schedroff Creative Director, VIVID Studios
Leonard Shlain Surgeon, Author
RU Sirius Author; Cofounder of Mondo 2000
Howard Smukler Attorney
J. Michael Straczynski Creator and Producer of Babylon 5
Jennifer Sucov Senior Editor, Folio
Eric Tyson Author
Laura Victoria Writer
Brad Wieners Editor, HardWired
Bernie Yee Author
Zak Zaidman Founder, Gravity, Inc.
Henry Rosenthal Film Producer
Glen Helfand Writer
Marjorie Ingall Writer

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

Winners and nominees are generally named according to the organization or website winning the award, although the recipient is, technically, the web design firm or internal department that created the winning site and in the case of corporate websites, the designer's client. Web links are provided for informational purposes, both in the most recently available archive.org version before the awards ceremony and, where available, the current website. Many older websites no longer exist, are redirected, or have been substantially redesigned.

  1. ^ Rachel Rosmarin (2006-06-09). "Webbys 2.0". Forbes. Archived from the original on 15 December 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 
  2. ^ Carolyn Said (1998-07-30). "The Woman Behind the Webbies:S.F., N.Y. woo Web award impresario Tiffany Shlain". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  3. ^ Christopher Locke. "Take-a-Hike: A Very Special Invitation from EGR". Entropy Gradient Reversals. Archived from the original on 18 February 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2008.