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14
Nov 99
Sun

Observation

I just realised that the print version of Icon is really just a corporate e/n site. A well run, well organised and well mannered, “professional” e/n site, but still. It’s got the attributes. Let’s look at what they covered in last Saturday’s issue…

First page is full of links – live events on the web, interesting news links (Optus security breached, MS declared monopoly etc.) and top ten lists of most visited sites (again externally sourced). The main article covers a review of the newer iMacs. Then there’s info on video piracy, and Driftnet, which this week looks at the Darwin Awards and the exploding whale thing. Following that is essentially 5 more pages of links. An article that could be described as a rant (“Cyberspace defaced”) is taken from the London Daily Telegraph regarding programs which let you leave msgs on sites (Odigo, ICQsurf type programs). A self-help section on blocking spammers is next, along with D-I-Y HTML. Moving on, we come to software reviews (DTP software) and new product releases (Sony memory stick, Outlook for Macs) and finally we have two pages of games reviews (Freespace 2, MS Soccer).

Sound familiar? Read these somewhere before? Even their reviews are as superficial as those on e/n sites (They have to cater for the mainstream market. Conversely, e/nners can’t be bothered writing lengthy reviews for everything).

Of course, let’s not get head swell here, the situation is probably the other way around. Our pages emulate newspapers and other print media – without the negatives that come with commercialism (deadlines, legal restrictions and the like) and all the positives of individual expression (beats me why some sites have policies not to link to mp3s – that in itself is not illegal – and e/n sites don’t have a corporate image to protect), minus the readership.

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