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Jurassic Web

Feb 25, 2009, 23:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Farhad Manjoo)

"You check your mail, then spend a few minutes chatting with your AOL buddies about which of you has the funniest screen name (you win, pimpodayear94).

"Then you load up Internet Explorer, AOL's default Web browser. Now what? There's no YouTube, Digg, Huffington Post, or Gawker. There's no Google, Twitter, Facebook, or Wikipedia. A few newspapers and magazines have begun to put their articles online--you can visit the New York Times or Time--and there are a handful of new Web-only publications, including Feed, HotWired, Salon, Suck, Urban Desires, Word, and, launched in June, Slate. But these sites aren't very big, and they don't hold your interest for long. People still refer to the new medium by its full name--the World Wide Web--and although you sometimes find interesting stuff here, you're constantly struck by how little there is to do."

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