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6th Annual Wired Rave Awards: Burt Rutan wins the industrial designer category for SpaceShipOne.

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Wed Feb 23, 2005 5:22 am
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Burt Rutan wins the industrial designer category for SpaceShipOne.
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Press Release:
Ron Harris Associated Press, Wired Magazine’s 6th Annual Rave Awards were doled out to technology innovators Tuesday – including a nod to the acerbic self-described “King of All Media,” Howard Stern.

Stern was bestowed with the “Wired Renegade” award for his tense battle with the FCC and upcoming switch to Sirius Satellite Radio.

There was a new “Blogger” category added this year, and Kevin Sites took home the honor for helping pioneer a new breed of reporting from the war in Iraq. Sites also chronicled the tsunami rescue effort in southeast Asia.

On the day he won in the blogger category, Sites’ blog led with an entry titled “Black Plastic,” and included photos of the deceased wrapped in black body bags that lined a dirt road.

“We ride further down the trail – seemingly deeper into the heart of darkness – careful not to run over the many black body bags that line both sides. As we pass, a brownish-yellow foot sticks out of the end of one,” Sites wrote in a recent moving entry.

Sites is a freelance journalist currently on assignment for NBC News in Asia, according to the disclaimer on his blog site. The lines between blog musings and traditional investigative journalism blurred over the past year and played a role in the unraveling of several top stories.

“This year’s Rave Award winners are inventive, rebellious, courageous, and they’re changing the world,” said Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine. “They’re the mavericks, visionaries, and dreamers who inspire us as they transform our culture.”

Other winners included Rem Koolhaas in the architect category for his work on the Seattle Central Library and the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin, and Burt Rutan in the industrial designer category for SpaceShipOne.

Rutan’s SpaceShipOne captured the $10 million Ansari X Prize and has fueled the pursuit for commercial human spaceflight.

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