The Goofy Flash Site that Defined an Internet Era

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Published on 24 Sep 2021, 15:00
Travel back to the early days of web 2.0, before the information superhighway featured rest stops like YouTube or Twitch, and you'll find the golden age of the "destination website." Front and center in the early 2000s, you'll find the cheery and armless Homestar Runner and a motley crew of animated friends responsible for viral sensations like Trogdor the Burninator, Teen Girl Squad and Strong Bad replying to his email.

Created by Mike and Matt Chapman, aka The Brothers Chaps, was more than just appointment viewing in the wild west of the internet. It's a prime example of creators making something from the ground up, platform included. This is the story of Homestar Runner, the age of the destination website, and the predictable pattern that makes the time so special.

Written by Clint Gage and Michael Swaim, edited by Michael Huynh.

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