Downturn? What downturn?

Katharine Mieszkowski on why the dot-com bust didn't kill the Webby Awards' spirit -- and how yet another wacky Net celebrity stole the show.

Published July 23, 2001 8:00AM (EDT)

Sure, half of last year's Webby Award winners are dead and gone -- and maybe the digs weren't quite as glamorous as in years past -- but the Webby spirit of wackiness and unexpected celebrity lives on.

Katharine Mieszkowski describes the scene at San Francisco's fifth annual Webby Awards -- complete with live soundbites from the awards show.

Special thanks to Becky Bond for the sound recordings.

By Salon Staff

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