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WILD PARTIES, LOVE TRIANGLES, SEX-CRAZED ASPIRING ACTORS--ONLINE SOAP OPERAS ARE ARRIVING TO DENERDIFY THE INTERNET

JUNE 7 MUST HAVE BEEN A GRAY DAY for the most impassioned computer geeks--the ones who find pure joy in Websites devoted to monitoring the process of brewing coffee. That was the date that The Spot, the first serial drama designed specifically for the Internet, made its debut. But the Net's first narrative-driven vehicle did not venture into the mysteries of science fiction. Nor did it relate any apocalyptic fantasies about virtual militiamen. Instead it offered the lifeblood of housewives in terry-cloth slippers: a sexed-up daytime serial.

The Spot's story line follows the adventures of seven roommates who share a Santa...

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