THIS WEEK, our controversial debate on the meaning and commercial viability of Internet communities continues as Scott Kurnit, CEO of the Mining Company, follows up Viewpoints by @NY editor Tom Watson and Concrete Media chief Dan Pelson. Meanwhile, @NY's own online community gets more interactive. For six months, Courtney Pulitzer has partied hard as our cyber-gossip columnist. Now, thanks to some nifty technology, the party's coming to her. Tonight (Friday) from 8 to 9 p.m., Pulitzer will host the first-ever "live" edition of her must-read inside Silicon Alley column @The Scene. The chat room and its graphical interface have been provided courtesy of E-Pub, Inc., makers of communications and gaming technology, and an @NY advertiser (http://www.e-pub.com). The virtual @The Scene features a glamorous ballroom decorated with Pulitzer's trademark martini glasses. Courtney's first guest will be cyber-traveler Greg Elin, the man behind the upcoming Alley to Valley Rally, in which a band of hardy Silicon Alley folks will make a cross-country trip beginning Aug. 15 to see America's digital revolution first hand. (@NY is a co-sponsor of the Rally, and will sponsor the TeamNow vehicle with retailer CDnow featuring Courtney). The chat will take place at http://www.news-ny.com/chat.htm.
Java compatible browser is required. So drop by and schmooze.
(Appeared originally in @The Scene in the @NY newsletter)