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Diggnation Brings User-generated Mayhem, Booze to Brooklyn

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

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Ellies ’08: The Live Blog

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In a revolutionary move we only semi-regret, we live-blogged the 2008 National Magazine Awards using Twitter. To follow FishbowlNY’s ongoing Twitter reports, click here.

Elliepalooza. Start your engines. Time to get party-dressed!

[Rebecca] Struggling to get a cab!
[Glynnis] The one train to the Ellies. Class all the way.

Hoping the coat check’s not out of control.
Peeping Tina Brown — here now!
Adam Moss flitted by
Maer Roshan moving through the crowd
Will Anna Wintour show? Official word is maybe
Chasing Annie Leibowitz
Nat Ives (AdWeek), Irin Carmon and Stephanie Smith (WWD), Rachel Sklar and Danny Shea (HuffPo), Dylan Stableford and Jason Fell (Folio:), Jon Fine (BusinessWeek): the media on media gang’s all here

Padma Lakshmi=ravishing in champagne silk.

We have wireless connection. As the lady in the lav said, “It’s gonna be a long one.”

[Glynnis] Sitting on the mezzanine courtesy of Playboy. Good seats. Sharp seatmate.
[Rebecca] Seated with Noah in a box like on the Muppets.

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