Music, Video & Entertainment

John Lee’s First Generation Urban

If anyone is right for making a movie about the rise and fall (and all the greed in-between) of ‘urban dot coms’ in the late 90s, its our good friend, John Lee. Enter First Generation Urban, an interesting looking effort by Lee about the excesses and ultimately the spectacular failure of Urban Box Office (ubo.com).

Judging from the trailer, we think it could be classified as a disaster movie, even though Lee describes it as ‘an adventure documentary’.

How horrendously embarrassing will this be for some people? All over again…

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Technology & Web

The Struggle of Lee

Around 1999 when I started wasting all my time on the Internet, I came across a site called Urbanexpose.com. It was based in New York and primarily concerned with mocking organisations that ranged from self-proclaimed ‘urban’ dot com’s to media moguls, magazines and media companies. The site was highly entertaining, not only because of the way each article was written but because its author, a person known only as Crispus Attucks, was consistently serving up factual information that seemed to be originating from within the walls of the establishments that he was targeting. Within weeks of its appearance, the site had media hipsters all over New York shaking in their boots; much to the glee of rubberneckers and disgruntled employees who were clearly in on the joke but protected by an anonymous website that nobody could fire or sue for libel.

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