Boing Boing functions as a proxy for the entire aesthetic of the Web. It's a deliberately eclectic mix of tech commentary, sci-fiction nerd-outs, fringe culture, gadget porn and serious news items. It is, according to its own description, a "directory of wonderful things." The four editors and writers behind Boing Boing will fiercely dispute this, but the site's dirty secret is that it's about as mainstream as it gets for the mainstream of the Web, that is. If you want to understand what online culture is all about, stop by Boing Boing. When you find yourself anticipating the wacky and wonderful items the editors regularly churn up, you'll know you've gone native.
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