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Cyber soaps are a site for sore eyes.

Recently, some prestigious Internet media mogul types have been investing time and dosh in cybercasting.

Simply put, it's soap on the Net.

These episodic Web sites are surprisingly glossy, astonishingly interactive and use "real" people.

They are practically all American, like California's The Spot, a cross between Friends and MTV.

(http://www.thespot.com/)

On America's other coast, in New York, Eve Ramsay hangs out in The East Village.

This is a bit like the Mary Tyler Moore Show meets a good Tennents lager advert.

(http://www.theeast-village.com/)

The inmates of Ferndale are the ones whose scripts are written in crayon, because they are not allowed sharp objects.

Ferndale is a psychiatric hospital and mountain retreat, where four eccentric residents pursue a form of Net therapy.

(http://www.ferndale.com/)

It's innovative but Techno 3 is just a bit too SF to slip into the true Net soap mould.

Marie, Jillian and Helen are night-time super hacker babes from Hell.

(http://www.bluepearl.com/entertainment/soap/techno3text.html)

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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Low, Bob
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 2, 1996
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