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800-pound AOL gorilla
fineArt forum, vol. 14, no. 2, february 2000
     

Editorial: Nisar Keshvani

I've just been through a helluva roller coaster ride - examining online journalism and completing a thesis on it, is a meaner. I'm glad to be back to a normal lifestyle.

The last few weeks have been equally tumultuous for the Internet world. Good news for etoy - now that toy giant eToys has dropped its lawsuit - http://rtmark.com/etoyprtriumph.html

AOL's merger with Time-Warner and their purchase of EMI brings the net freedom vs corporate conglomeration debate to new heights. Who knows what the future has in store now that an '800-pound AOL gorilla' (as Salon's Scott Rosenberg calls it) can sit where it wants. One thing's for sure, we shouldn't be hearing of any law suits since they registered 21 variations of their domain name before this union.

A marriage of different sorts is ananova. The lassie is a triumph in interactivity, virtual newscasting, and is yet another progressive step on the Web. She's a cross between Carol Vorderman, Kylie Minogue and Posh Spice. Ananova is the world's first virtual newscaster that can deliver the latest news on the Internet 24 hours a day. Check her out - http://www.ananova.com

Forgive this over-indulgence on net journalism, its back to art & technology then!

     

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