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A directory of independent web sites


Marxism And Communism (2)
Spoof Advertisements (3)
Defamation Soceity (6)
Science And Nature (5)
Gadgets and Gizmos (1)
Anticommercialism (7)
Computer Security (3)
Tools for Living (1)
Global Politics (11)
Social Activism (6)
War in Colombia (3)
Information War (5)
Web Censorship (2)
News and Media (2)
Urban Planning (2)
Behind the Web (8)
Chemical Yoga (4)
Food and Diet (2)
Eccentrics (6)
Anarchism (2)
Bad Guys (7)
Religion (1)
Serials (4)
Theory (1)
Games (4)
Linux (5)
Music (2)
Art (9)

Junkbusters

Tired of junk mail, junk e-mail and junk phone calls? Computer scientist Jason Catlett was, so he started Junkbusters. With tips on how to get off junk mail and telemarketer lists, exposés about how web sites can violate your privacy, and the Internet Junkbuster proxy server, which deletes cookies and banner ads, Junkbusters can help you filter the garbage out of the information you receive.

Stay Free

Carrie McLaren's online and paper 'zine Stay Free defies the information polluters of our age. Recent issues target database marketing, the selling power of color, and marketing to kids. Our favorite part of Stay Free are interviews with people like Negativland musician Mark Hosler, Little Mermaid fanatic Doug Webb, and children's culture professor Stephen Klein.

The Public Domain

The Public Domain, a project of Rod Caliente, is a collection of counter- corporate essays with a technically interesting frames-based navigation system. One essay "MemoSigns" is a nonlinear hypertext about "Mitch" and his communications with the management. "Do Brands Exist?" is a study of the semiotics of capitalism. Mitch returns in "The End of Poetry" to reveal himself as alpha and omega.

Commodify your Dissent

We couldn't find a good site about the Baffler magazine or it's editor Thomas Frank so we decided to review his book, Commodify your Dissent, a collection of essays from the Baffler, instead. The Baffler's enemy is Consolidated Deviance Inc. (ConDev), a corporation that exploits and neutralizes youth countercultural sentiments. There's the balance sheet of a band that made $3 million for the record industry but made only $4,031.25 for each member. And the story of how the New York times printed a fabricated list of words used in the Grunge subculture such as "Harsh Realm," and "Kickers." Containing the only negative review we've ever seen of "Pulp Fiction", Commodify your Dissent is a collection of intellectually ruthless essays.

Frozen

According to Frozen, the problem with the web is the intrusion of commercial interests on the web such that "All roads seem to terminate in an order form with actual content deliverable on payment." Spam, ad banners, and useless animated .gifs pollute the internet experience -- and we should fight back. In the section "Transmission" we enjoyed articles advocating the text web browser Lynx and denouncing Swatch's ad campaign based on Nicolas Negroponte's McLuhanesque rantings. Frozen has links to fellow travelers to enjoy, as well as the graphical adventure "Hell."

RtMark

RtMark's strategy against the centralized news and entertainment media is a form of cultural terrorism, acts of sabotage against corporate products aimed to question the spread of corporate power. Most famous for sponsoring the activists who switched the voiceboxes between Barbie and GI Joe dolls, RtMark accepts donations to set bounties for successful culture jamming projects. Although their site might confuse you and your browser with popup windows, you can read articles about their theory and practice and read about past and future projects such as a band that openly sells a CD of resampled Beck songs, a plan to deface the Windows boot logo on computers from a major manufactures and to record over Blockbuster's censored videotapes with originals to force Blockbuster to admit the practice.

White Dot

A few years ago, Olivia told me that the average American watches 3 years of television commericals in their lives -- and since then, except for the unavoidable Superbowls, we've watched only minutes. The White Dot, with branches in the US and the UK, would like you to do the same. After a splash page, White Dot slashes the jugular of the opiate of the people with chilling statistics and interactive television that lead the viewer to ask, "How would I feel on your deathbed knowing how many years I've wasted."

 
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