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Are you working on a World Wide Web site that presents materials
dealing with film, television, video, or related media?  If so,
read on.
 
Have you ever spent hours perfecting a Web page and then
discovered that someone else has already done the same exact
thing and done it better?  Does the amount of redundancy on the
Web annoy/depress you?  Do you feel that the Web's collaborative
potential has been sadly underdeveloped?  If so, consider joining
MediaWeb.
 
MediaWeb is a loose coalition of film/TV/video webmasters that
seeks to foster collaboration and to minimize the redundancy of
materials on film/TV/video sites.  MediaWeb is open to all, but
it is not really intended for the users of these sites.  Rather,
it aims to assist film/TV/video webmasters so that they might
better coordinate their efforts.
 
MediaWeb is not a cartel aiming to restrict competition among Web
sites.  It's inevitable, for instance, that several sites will
offer film/TV/video 'zines that compete for users' attention.
MediaWeb is more like a trade association--offering a method for
webmasters to support one another.  If, for instance, one site
creates a comprehensive listing of film schools, there's no
reason for three other sites to attempt the same thing.
 
Membership in MediaWeb is free and bears few responsibilities.
The only "requirements" of its members are (1) that their sites
pertain somehow to film/TV/video/related media and (2) that they
ought to acknowledge their participation in MediaWeb on those
sites.  Typically, a MediaWeb member should put a link to
the MediaWeb homepage somewhere on their site.
 
MediaWeb is just now lurching into being and its final form will
depend largely on what its participants find useful.  Two
immediately implemented components of it, however, are:
 
1. A MediaWeb discussion list.
 
   Such a list may be used to share information about resources
   on individual sites and development plans (to the extent that
   members feel comfortable doing so), to form strategies for
   effective page construction, to coordinate activities across
   several sites so that hypertextual connections may be
   maximized, to publicize new film/TV/video Web discoveries,
   and so on.
 
   One does *not* have to be an "official" member of MediaWeb
   or even a webmaster in order to join this discussion
   group.
 
   To join MediaWeb's discussion list, send e-mail to
   [log in to unmask] and put the following in the first
   line of your message.
 
   SUBSCRIBE MediaWeb YourName, YourSite
 
   Replace YourName with your name as you'd like it to appear on
   the list and, optionally, replace YourSite with the name of
   your Web Site.  For example:
 
   SUBSCRIBE MediaWeb Cal Pryluck, SCREENsite
 
   Contact Cal Pryluck ([log in to unmask]) for further
   information about this discussion list.
 
2. A MediaWeb home page:
 
   http://www.sa.ua.edu/tcf/mediaweb.htm
 
   This page consists of information about MediaWeb and an
   alphabetical listing of MediaWeb member sites--with two line
   descriptions of the sites and hypertext links to them.  To
   qualify for this listing, a MediaWeb member should place a link
   to MediaWeb close to the top of the hierarchy of pages at
   his/her Web site.
 
   To be added to this page, contact Jeremy Butler
   ([log in to unmask]).
 
FURTHER INFORMATION:
 
MediaWeb is coordinated by Jeremy Butler.  Send membership
requests, questions, and comments to [log in to unmask], or
contact him at:
 
Telecommunication and Film Dept.
P.O. Box 870152
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0152
 
voice:  205.348.6350
fax:    205.348.2754
 
MediaWeb is supported by the University of Alabama's Division of
Student Affairs and Telecommunication and Film Department; and
the computer centers at the University of Alabama and Temple
University.
 
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 Jeremy Butler   *  [log in to unmask]   *  [log in to unmask]
      SCREENsite -- a Film/TV-studies site on the World Wide Web:
                http://www.sa.ua.edu/TCF/welcome.htm
 Telecommunication & Film Dept. * University of Alabama * Tuscaloosa
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