'Contagious Media' Contest Targets You

Cows hold signs reading: 'All Your Base Are Belong to Us.'

An image from the popular Internet video "All Your Base Are Belong to Us," featuring an ungrammatical line from Zero Wing, a Japanese video game. All Your Base hide caption

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A virtual race begins tonight on the Internet. It's a race among Web designers to see who can send out the most contagious e-mail. "Contagious media" are all those little amateur videos, singing computer animations and e-mail hoaxes that your friends send you. The contagious media showdown follows a conference in New York about the science of goofy stuff on the Web.

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