Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Web Credibility- maddox.xmission.com

This is a personal website created by the personality known as "Maddox," and the line just below his logo is a pretty good introduction as what to expect from his site. It reads "This page is about me and why everything I like is great. If you disagree with anything you find on this page, you are wrong." The website is pretty much a highly developed blog. He posts hundreds of articles, most of which are rants on a specific, hated subject, but his writing is highly entertaining and done well.

As far as the content goes, it is completed. The title of the page is "The Best Page In The Universe" and includes a miniature logo from his website. It was created in 1996, and it looks like it was last updated on January 29, 2010. The audience is anyone who sees humor in his writing. Anyone easily offended by language would probably not enjoy this site. The only slant or bias is his own, but it is mostly done for satirical effect. He often takes an extreme male-chauvinistic viewpoint on certain issues. I think it's mostly done for humor and to irritate people. The majority of the links for his site are all internal, with a few at the bottom of his homepage linking to other sites he enjoys.

The creator of the page is "Maddox" and does not have any credentials besides being creative and knowing enough about creating a website. He has his email address posted several times throughout the site. In fact, one of the navigation links on his main bar is to a section where he receives hate emails and responds to them.

The site could definitely use some work as far as visually speaking. There is actually a spot where Maddox claims that he does not care about what the website looks like because it generates large amounts of "hits" with its current design. It is grammatically correct and is pretty easy to navigate through. There are only a few images on the site and very rarely have sound attached. Most of them are images that he has created as parody relating to an individual article. I found this site by typing in "the best page in the universe" but my friend had suggested I go there, so I already knew what to search for. Some of the other meta tags include: rants, kickass, disgust, apathy, stupid, moron, idiot and dipshit.

This is definitely a website designed for a niche audience. There are going to be people who hate it and find it offensive and others who enjoy it. He has a cult following and recently published a book titled "The Alphabet of Manliness." Here is the link to his site.

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