Call us crazy, but we’re convinced rock n’ roll has a new sibling called Web 2.0.
Last night the Internet Broadcast Network Revision3 (remember that name) did a live taping of Diggnation, the gloriously perverted offspring of Digg.com, the gold standard for social news aggregation on the Web.
Studio B in Brooklyn was packed (and ridiculously hot) with geeky girls and boys (some with girlfriends disinterested to the point of slouching on their beau’s shoulders). Once we broke free of the line that reached around the block, hosts Kevin Rose (a Digg co-founder) and Alex Albrecht spent a booze-fueled 30 minutes on a couch with laptops in hand, covering Digg.com’s most popular content of the week from around the Internet.
The undeniable highlight of the “dugg” was a YouTube clip titled Why every guy should buy their girlfriend a Wii fit, featuring some dude video taping his presumed girlfriend during a virtual hula-hooping session with Nintendo’s latest accessory to it’s popular gaming console. And oh yes, she was in her underwear. The clip, projected on a giant screen behind the hosts for the crowd to see, prompted 30 solid seconds of cheering and general whooping. If it all sounds a bit chauvinistic, it probably is, but in the realm of user-generated aristocracies, there really is no such thing.
In between analyzing the week’s contents, Rose and Albrecht summoned shot girls to the stage and threw out Microsoft Zunes into the audience. The event had all the atmosphere of a kick-ass set at a hot-as-hell rock club, with booming guitars replaced with internet bliss. Digg, and it’s ‘nation’ exemplify what Web 2.0 is: community, democratization of media and the the growing power of the user.
An evening spent in Brooklyn with this new breed of rock stars and their devoted fans proved without a shadow of a doubt that the geeks are truly beginning to inherit the Earth, the Web, and maybe your daughter if she’s got black-rimmed specs and a Twitter account.
After the jump a clip from last night’s festivities