Shockingly, despite millions of bloggers and podcasters generating original content on the Web, relatively few individual efforts will be recognized at the 10th annual Webby Awards dinner next month in New York.
Winners, announced today, have a definite corporate-patina: ESPN, HBO, Expedia, Burst! Media, and so on. In the 12 months since the last Webbys, notable for the rising voice of the little guy, the Webby Awards will pay almost no notice. The June 12th dinner will be sparkling, unfortunately with, as the news release puts it, "industry leaders (and) celebrities." Same old, same old.
Arianna Huffington's year-old HuffingtonPost.com Web log grabbed first place honors for best political blog from both the Webby Award judges and the event's own People's Choice voters. It was one of 19 sites to win nods from both judges and voters on the site. Organizers said 300,000 votes were cast in the People's Choice balloting in 69 business, consumer and culture categories.
Web log winners in the "personal" category were We-Make-Money-Not-Art.com, Cute Overload. In the "Business" category, awards go to 5 Blogs before Lunch and Gartner Inc. No individual podcasts won, none was nominated. The award went to directories of podcasts from Yahoo and NPR.