NET CAFE, from A to G (1996) Stewart Cheifet

Net Cafe: Fun Web Sites (10/8/1999)

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Fun Web Sites (10/8/1999)

Not all web sites are geared toward rocket scientists and brain surgeons. The Internet is full of sites that are there just for fun. Originally broadcast in 1999, this show features,, (fantasy sports leagues),,,,,, and Shot on location at the Club I internet cafe in San Francisco.

Keywords: humor; fun; play

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Billed as a "great little waste of time", BitMagic is the Internet's answer to the morning funnies. As users log in to their computers, the BitMagic player automatically downloads a 3 minute "Daily Edition" full of entertainment derived from current events, popular culture, and online culture. The "Daily Edition's" content is a short cartoon, an interactive story, a weekly game, and commercials all created in Shockwave.


There are plenty of Web sites for watching the grass grow, providing a virtual lava lamp on your computer screen, or letting you pop virtual bubblewrap. Another popular category features webcams, ranging from the original Fishcam at Netscape to some a little more risque. We take a look at Erik Max Francis's CatCam which he runs from his home in San Jose, California.

Yahoo! Fantasy Sports

The Internet has been a great arena for the growth of "pretend games" known as Fantasy Sports. As long as sports have been around, fans and some non-fans feel they have the know-how of putting together a winning team if they were in control. The Internet has been a great arena for the growth of such "pretend game control" known as Fantasy Sports. Yahoo! Fantasy Sports is one such Web site that provides the public the opportunity to act as team owners and general managers by allowing them to choose their players.

Pogo is the leading online games service targeting the "family games" market - games that most everyone has heard of, knows something about, are easy to play and appeal to everyone. All you favorite parlor games are available which can be played against the clock or against other logged on users.

Brad Hill, Author

Brad Hill, Author of Internet Directory for Dummies, opens our minds to whole categories of Web sites we may never have thought of exploring. Brad takes us through some of what he thinks are among the best sites out there that are 'just for fun' including: The Onion, Real Magic 8 Ball, Humor Links, Misunderstood Song Lyrics, and

Documentary Description

Net Cafe was the world's most widely distributed television series covering the Internet revolution during the height of the dot com boom. The series was broadcast throughout the United States and in more than one hundred other countries for six years, from 1996 through 2002. It was hosted by Stewart Cheifet, Jane Wither, and Andrew deVries.

The weekly program went behind the scenes of the World Wide Web to meet the people and explore the culture of the new "wired" generation. The series featured Internet tips, a guide to the best web sites, a preview of internet startups, and interviews with the movers and shakers behind the Internet phenomenon. It introduced many new web sites to the public which are now household names such as Yahoo!, Google, and eBay.

The series has been recognized for its journalistic excellence, winning a variety of prestigious broadcast awards. It was produced on location at various internet cafes around the Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Stewart's Bio

Stewart Cheifet has been called “the original TV techie” and “the dean of television computer journalists”. He pioneered the field over twenty years ago when he created and launched the award winning public television series “Computer Chronicles”.

He served as host and managing editor of “Computer Chronicles”. He also anchored another public television series devoted to the people, culture and business of the Internet, called “Net Café”. Both series were broadcast nationally and throughout the world in over 100 countries.

Stewart has been a guest commentator on technology for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and he hosted a weekly web-radio talk show called “Talking about this Week”, produced by in association with He also wrote and anchored a syndicated radio series about the Internet, “CyberTraffic Report”.

He has been a commentator, anchor, and emcee at many major technology events including Comdex TV News, the Computer Museum’s Computer Bowl, Discover Magazine’s Technology Awards, Upside’s Showcase, Upside’s Digital Living Room, Windows Magazine’s Win-100 Awards, and the Codie Awards for the Software Publishers Association and the Software Information Industry Association.

He frequently appears as a moderator and speaker at corporate events in the technology field, having worked with such companies as Acer, AutoDesk, Bay Networks, Boeing, Cable & Wireless, Commerce One, Hewlett Packard, IBM, KPMG, NetSuite, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Sybase, and others.

Stewart was formerly a correspondent for the PBS “Nightly Business Report” covering high-tech in the Silicon Valley and the Pacific Rim. He has worked in various capacities for ABC News and CBS News in major locations around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, London, and Paris. He served as President of PCTV, a company focused on media and technology and was also CEO of WITF, a diversified broadcasting and media company. He was also a Director at the Internet Archive, responsible for all audio and video content.

He has won numerous awards for his broadcast journalism work, including twelve awards from the Computer Press Association (CPA) and the CPA award for Best Individual Technology Television Program of the year. He was named by AdWeek magazine as one of the five most influential broadcast journalists in the field of technology.

Stewart wrote the foreword for the recently released book “Tech Trending”, published by John Wiley & Sons. Has also written for publications such as Windows Magazine, PC Magazine, Silicon Valley Magazine, Apprise Magazine, and Digital Video Magazine.

He is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in mathematics and psychology. He also holds a doctorate in law from Harvard University and he was a Benton Fellow in technology journalism at the University of Chicago.



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