The Hotlist: August 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.


Los Americans

Los Americans is an eight-part web series created and produced by Dennis Leoni (Resurrection Blvd). It’s about a middle class Latino family living in Los Angeles. It stars veteran actors including Esai Morales, Lupe Ontiveros, Raymond Cruz, and Tony Plana.
DRAMATIC SERIES

Blanco Boys
Created by Reko Moreno and Rob Jones, Blanco Boys is a Web series about the adventures of three bounty hunting Latino brothers in the barrio. Although the series Web site navigation could be better, the three episodes offered have a ragged edge and reality that’s curiously compelling. Well worth checking out for the raw talent.
 


ADVERTISING

Mediocrity – The New Mediocrity Sedan 2011
While I shy away from including corporate sites on this list, Subaru’s mock Web site for The Mediocrity, a nonexistent car model, is as much hilarious and spot-on satire as anything that The Onion has produced.
 


COMICS

Humblug
Humblug is Playboy and New Yorker cartoonist Arnold Roth’s beautifully drawn and hilarious comics blog.

TUNE by Derek Kirk Kim and Les McClaine
TUNE is a Web-only science fiction graphic novel drawn by Les McClaine and written by Derek Kirk Kim.
 


BLOGS

Apophenia – Making Connections Where None Previously Existed
Harvard fellow Danah Boyd’s blog offers deeply intelligent news and views that address issues regarding social media, new media privacy issues, and “youth culture.”

VernissageTV
VernissageTV calls itself “the window to the art world.” It is a blog that offers video that cover prominent art exhibitions and fairs throughout the world with an emphasis on Europe.
 


MULTIMEDIA EXPERIMENTATION

The Wilderness Downtown
The Wilderness Downtown is an online multimedia experiment made by Google developers as accompaniment to music by Arcade Fire. The developers recommend using the Google Chrome browser for the best viewing experience.
 


ZINES

BOMB Magazine
BOMB Magazine has been online since 1981, presenting cultural news and views. Its main focus is the NYC art and culture scene. It includes multimedia content such as interviews, podcasts, and videos.

UbuWeb
UbuWeb is another longstanding online multimedia cultural magazine (15 years) that serves more as an audio/visual repository of electronic music and independent films.
 

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.