Stile Project

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Stile Project
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Web address StileProject.com
Type of site Shock/porn
Registration Optional (to upload content)
Available in English
Created by Jay Stile
Launched October 3, 1999[1]
Alexa rank negative increase 49,518 (April 2014)[2]
Current status Sold 2010, portal

Stile Project is a website founded by writer and webmaster Stile[3][4] who founded the site when he was in high school, and ran it for 12 years under the alias Jay Stile. Stile Project grew into a large network of counter-culture, amateur adult entertainment and current-events sites, forums, and more, collectively called stileNET. On December 2, 2010, Stile announced that he had sold Stile Project;[5] he confirmed the sale in 2012.[6] According to Stile, after selling his website, he went on to study computer science and received his postgraduate academic degree in 2013.[7]

Content[edit]

The Register referred to Stileproject.com as a "shock site" in a 2001 article.[3] The website assembled "vast visual libraries of any taboo or depravity that could be digitized."[8] In the early 2000s, as "the Web's leading repository of crude filth – probably the most reliable source of tastelessness in the history of the Internet,"[9] its content was criticized for its shock value. Particularly, a video showing a Korean villager killing, cooking, and eating a cat (from the BBC documentary "Culture Shock",[citation needed]) was highly publicized and denounced by PETA,[3][10] who sought a federal investigation, which did not occur.[11] PETA has also come under criticism for posting similar videos.[12][13] Stile reportedly faked his own suicide live on webcam in 1999,[14] and he confirmed the hoax in 2012.[15]

Open-source software and porn were "memorialized in J. Stile's hoard of erotic Linux Slut images".[16][17] As the site evolved, surviving purported webhost troubles,[18] a major hacking incident[4][14] and by 2004 purportedly "[not] grossing out teenagers anymore,"[19] the Stile Project's content grew increasingly pornographic.

Awards[edit]

Stile Project won Webby Awards in 2000 for Weird site and People's Voice winner.[20][21]

Associations[edit]

  • Stile is a former member of the underground art scene groups ACiD and iCE. His specialty was designing ANSI logos for art group projects and bulletin board systems in the early 1990s.[22]
  • In 2006, Canadian poet Daniel Scott Tysdal cited Stile Project (December 2004) as a stanza in his poetry collection Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method.[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stileproject.com Whois record. whois.enom.com. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
  2. ^ "Stileproject.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  3. ^ a b c McCarthy, Kieren (August 30, 2001). "Cat eating video causes mayhem". The Register. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  4. ^ a b Middleton, James (July 25, 2001). "Porn site hacked by rabbit". V3.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-10-14. (registration required)
  5. ^ "Stile Project". Archived from the original on 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2010-12-04. 
  6. ^ Stile (August 30, 2012). "What happened to the old stileproject? Where can I find all that stuff?". stilemedia.com. Archived from the original on October 31, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  7. ^ Stile, J. (February 27, 2013). "Stilemedia.com Post Graduate Degree". StileMedia.com. 
  8. ^ Beato, Greg (June 18, 2009). "Porn's highs and lows". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  9. ^ Citrome, Michael (February 10, 2000). "Something for everyone". Networthy. Montreal Mirror. Archived from the original on 2003-09-12. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  10. ^ Kornblum, Janet (August 30, 2001). "Gag turns into rent for laid-off designer". (Item 2) Techbrief; USA Today. Retrieved 2010-07-27.
  11. ^ Rowe, Chip (October 2002). "Free Speech or Not Free Speech: You Be the Judge Part 2 (Item 10)". ChipRowe.com 49 (10). originally Playboy.com. 
  12. ^ Sebastian Murdock. "The Hypocrisy of PETA". Best Thinking. 
  13. ^ RT.com (March 21, 2013). "PETA killed 90 percent of adopted animals". 
  14. ^ a b Leyden, John (July 24, 2001). "Infamous porn site gets a hacker makeover". The Register. Archived from the original on 2001-07-25.  Links to the hack & J. Stile's rant.
  15. ^ Stile, J. (January 28, 2012). "Webcam stunt". 
  16. ^ Newitz, Annalee (2002). "Peace, Love, Linux". In Schalit, Joel. The Anti-capitalism Reader (Akashic Books): 244. ISBN 1-888451-33-5. 
  17. ^ Stile, J. (May 10, 2001). "Linux Loving Sluts". stileproject.com. Archived from the original on 2000-05-10. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  18. ^ Stile, J. (April 5, 2001). "Homepage". Stile Project. Archived from the original on 2001-04-05. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  19. ^ Newitz, Annalee (November 3, 2004). "The Great Unknown". Alter Net. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  20. ^ Mulligan, Judie (May 11, 2000). "Stars turn out to honor the best web sites of the year at the Webby Awards 2000" (Press release). Webby Awards. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  21. ^ "Technology Glitz, goofiness mark Webby Awards ceremony". CNN. May 12, 2000. 
  22. ^ "Reader Mail, page 7". stileproject.com. Stile Project. December 13, 2003. Archived from the original on 2004-12-06. Retrieved 2010-07-27.  Viewer discretion advised.
  23. ^ Tysdal, Daniel Scott (June 20, 2006). "II. For As Long As Their Looking Lasts". Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (Coteau Books). p. 72. ISBN 1-55050-350-2. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 

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