The Hotlist: November 2011
A Guide to the Web’s Most Cutting Edge New Media Content

Compiled by Elliot Feldman 

If you’d like your site to be featured on the Hotlist, send an e-mail to elliotfeldman@yahoo.com.

The Hotspot
The Hotspot highlights Web content created by writers working under a WGA contract.



In Gayle We Trust

In Gayle We Trust is a Web sitcom developed by NBC Universal Digital Studio. It stars Elisa Donovan as small-town insurance agent Gayle Evans. In its third season online, the series is sponsored by real-life insurance company American Family Insurance.
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls
Sponsored by Google and Jerusalem's Israel Museum, the Digital Dead Sea Scrolls offers online photos of several Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known biblical texts, along with English translations.


NONFICTION

Byliner
Founded by John Tayman, Byliner is an online publisher of original nonfiction by well-known writers including Pulitzer Prize winners Taylor Branch and J.R. Moehringer.


VIRAL VIDEOS

Joe Sabia
Joe Sabia is a co-host for Boing Boing TV. He is also a highly inventive online viral video prankster. See a collection of his best "experiments" on his Web site.

Jeff Greenspan
Jeff Greenspan is another Web prankster. Check out his collection of odd Web sites and viral videos.


BLOGS

The Valve, A Literary Organ
The Valve calls itself a "little magazine" in a blog format. Like traditional little print magazines, it is devoted to explorations of "ideas in literary studies and contiguous academic areas."

September Industry
September Industry is a biweekly international journal that accurately describes itself as a "carefully curated selection of the very best contemporary graphic design."

Social Media Today
Social Media Today is a prime information resource for anyone interested in all things related to the business of social media including social media platforms, tools, companies, and personalities.


COMICS

The Doozies
TV writer Tom Gammill (Seinfeld, The Simpsons) is also a hilarious cartoonist.

Heeby Jeeby Comix
Heeby Jeeby Comix is a collection of (funny but occasionally offensive) Web comics from artists Bob Flynn, Chris Houghton, Dan Moynihan, and David DeGrand.


ZINES

Big Questions Online
Sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, Big Questions Online is a series of intelligent articles, columns, and blog postings that discuss key life issues like religion, science, morals and markets. Contributors include respected scientists, philosophers, and theologians.

Grist – Environmental News, Commentary, and Advice
Grist describes itself as "dishing out environmental news and commentary with a wry twist since 1999." This Seattle-based green zine delivers ongoing vital information without being weighed down with political correctness.

The WGAW encourages New Media projects to respect content creators through Guild contracts. If you’re working in New Media and would like information on getting your project covered, contact Tamara Krinsky or call (323) 782-4511.

Elliot Feldman's novel, Sitting Shiva, was published in 2003 -- ISBN: 0964374064. And check out his comics at Scene4 Magazine - WARNING: Not for the easily offended.