The Hotlist: January 2012
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.


ZINES

Big Bridge
For decades, literary "little magazines" have been published. They've typically included poetry, chapbooks, artwork, fiction and non-fiction reviews. Big Bridge, a primo online version of a little magazine, includes an extremely long list of esteemed contributors such as Diane DiPrima.

Evergreen Review
Barney Rosset's Evergreen Review has been around since 1957. Contributors have included Allen Ginsberg, Samuel Beckett, Kerouac, and more literary legends. Barney is still with us and so is the online version of his literary magazine.

Clutch Magazine
Clutch is a Web magazine aimed at "young contemporary women of color." It consists of celebrity interviews, fashion pieces, as well as cultural news and opinions.


WEB COMEDY

DumbDumb
Television actors Jason Bateman and Will Arnett offer a series of comedic videos positioned as a "creative resource for brands looking to harness the power of entertainment and humor." It includes celebrity-powered humorous ads for products like Orbit gum. The site also offers a "comedy talk" series "Always Open" hosted by improve actor Dave Koechner. Guests include Amy Poehler and Sarah Silverman.


DIGITAL STORYTELLING

Life In A Day
YouTube presents "Life In A Day," a special video collaboration between celebrated film directors Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) and Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland). This gorgeous work is described as a "candid snapshot of a single day on planet earth" using 80,000 video submissions from around the world.

Cowbird – A Witness to Life
Cowbird is a digital storytelling site that describes itself as explaining "humanity's sagas through heartfelt stories." It's a form of "participatory journalism" where videos are submitted in diary form within a politically charged environment such as the various Occupy movements.


WEB COMICS

Hobo Lobo of Hamelin
Cartoonist Stevan Zivadinovic's Hobo Lobo of Hamelin is a beautiful side-scrolling audio-visual graphic novel. Note that this work may show better on non-Explorer browsers like Google Chrome or Firefox.


SOCIAL NETWORKING

Social TV – Lost Remote
Lost Remote is a social networking Web site that connects participants with a common interest in all things television. Their stated target audience is "TV execs, producers, and social technology companies. Lost Remote is no Internet newbie, they've been online for 12 years. Founded by Cory Bergman, one of the driving forces behind BoingBoing.


ONLINE NEWS AND VIEWS

The Root
Founded and helmed by esteemed Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Root describes itself as "the leading online source of news and commentary from an African-American perspective." It is owned by The Washington Post.

Eurozine
Eurozine is a Vienna-based network of over 80 cultural journals from across Europe. With the European Union's financial issues a focus in the world's current event, Eurozine offers inside political and cultural views that often inform and enlighten Europeans and non-Europeans alike.

Truthdig
Truthdig is a news blog that presents current events from a "progressive" perspective. Contributors include respected veteran journalists such as Joe Conason, Robert Scheer, and Richard Reeves.

 

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.