Viral Victors Announced

Now that May's Contagious Media Showdown has concluded, let's diagnose the winning internet infections. Held in conjunction with the Contagious Media exhibit at New York's New Museum, the Showdown hosted websites anonymously designed for maximum spreadability, giving cash awards to top rankers. Grand Prizewinner Forget Me Not Panties, a faked sales site for feminist-unfriendly GPS-tracked underpants, came from behind to trump the simple and enigmatic Crying While Eating, a collection of user-submitted videos of people doing just that, which nabbed prizes in two other categories. Insider link-trading no doubt led to the victory of Bloglebrity, a more or less openly faux magazine site that earned the distinction for most Technorati hits. The viral champions will be feted at a special awards ceremony at Eyebeam on Saturday June 18; in the meantime, kill some minutes at work perusing the full list of contestants and their rankings, available at the Showdown's site. - Ed Halter