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INTERACTIVE;ROADKILL: BITS & BYTES;BLOCKBUSTER VIEWERSHIP; TARANTINO: WEB-CENSORED?;TROUBLE IN WEB ADLAND

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We noted with interest that Blockbuster Entertainment Group will simulcast its 2nd annual Entertainment Awards show live on its Web site (http://www.blockbuster.com). The March 6 event will be telecast on UPN. Which makes us wonder: Given UPN's less-than-stellar showing as a network, is there a possibility more people will "tune in" on the Web than on TV?

Quentin Tarantino fans can try their hand at creating their own promo Web sites for his latest film "From Dusk Till Dawn" at http://www.obs-us.com/stage/dusk. Fans can post their work in the censored under-18 area called the Kiddy Twister; or tell it like it is in the over-18 Titty Twister. If the Decency Act passes, this may become tomorrow's Web model.

From the "it was inevitable" files come these two developments: Software to block out banner ads from Web pages (http://emile.math.ucsb.edu:8000/;boldt/NoShit/). And software to determine when Web users surf with graphics turned off (http://www.jumbo.com). If they're cutting out the ads this must be a legitimate medium.

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