As an online society, we are very fortunate to have such a large amount of online data and news to draw upon when we want to learn more about a subject.
While the Internet was in its infancy we used America Online to connect with people, but at the time the company was limited to email services, news topics and specialized topic pages on which AOL published mostly their own information.
Rapidly, the Internet has broadened into millions of pages of information with hundreds of different formats that provide us with news and other information, and as a person with an absurdly large need for news and data to keep me updated, I have a bunch of sites I visit on a sometimes hourly basis that I thought I’d share with you.
• Digg is my favorite news aggregater, with a wide variety of news stories, human-interest pieces and all other kinds of other stories that are based off of editorial articles. On it, you’ll find anything from updates on global issues to movies to viral Youtube videos. It updates constantly and is always entertaining.
• Business Insider is a website that I have a love/hate relationship with because I find its journalistic foundation and practices to be typical of today’s news in which a website reports something with a lack of info and constantly gets it wrong the first go-around.
This is a new normal with Internet reporting, but I am bothered by it. However, BI has great travel information, an insane House of the Day section that shows celebrity dream homes and great information on popular restaurants all over the world. My mother loves the sections that show insane properties for sale in New York City.
• Uproxx is a pop culture blog that covers all things viral on the Internet. They recap just about every popular show on TV or in the theaters, promote funny videos from around the web and cover music from all over the world. It’s an entertaining place to check out, but I tend to find that they really don’t hold the spoiler alert sacred.
After the Breaking Bad finally I had to quit clicking on it for a few days because they seemed dead-set on ruining it for those of us who haven’t seen it.
• Design Taxi is a blog that devotes itself to all things creative, from architecture, to design to writing and cuisine. They have beautiful photography and many of their offerings focus on modern approaches to age-old problems in just about every walk of life. The website is beautiful and pleasing to the eye. It’s a razor-sharp site.
• Flavorwire is another pop culture blog that covers movies, music, and television, but unlike Uproxx, which has more of an in-your-face approach to the web, Flavorwire is like a former English Literature professor who points out interesting things from past culture you might have missed. I always enjoy their movie lists, such as “20 Most Overused Songs in Films.”
• Upworthy is a website that posts videos and writing that is either inspirational or heartwarming in its message. They have great celebrity commencement speeches posted, political videos from both sides of the aisle that aim to bridge the country’s gaps, and anything you might need to cheer you up after a long day.
• Gawker is a blog that promotes itself as a source for celebrity and media news. It is presented in a very short-article format and its links to other stories are generally just summarizations. It has a lot of content and refreshes rapidly.