the state of my media diet in 2010
Posted by shannonclark on January 5, 2010
As 2010 begins I have been taking stock of the media I pay attention to and am looking to add to my current diet, I’m looking for new flavors and cuisines, new forms to replace stale old ones.
At the moment my media consumption looks like:
No daily newspapers, no TV news of any form, no Radio (either over the air or Internet). I catch a few TV series, mostly at my girlfriend’s house (or via various means online) but not too many (mostly SF series & a few Food Network shows)
- The New Yorker magazine – I have been a New Yorker subscriber since college in the early 1990’s, however as I write this I am nearly two months behind and all year have found myself increasingly disappointed in the quality of the writing and the point of view of most of the writers for the New Yorker (Malcolm Gladwell excepted).
- occasional issues of Monocle and even less often The Atlantic Monthly – I may subscribe to both magazines in 2010 even though I am currently months behind on my Monocle reading
And that is it. Years ago I had a dozen of magazine subscriptions (including free technical publications) and would supplement those with local free weekly newspapers and often one or more magazines purchased from a newstand. But that is no longer the case, even when I’m in one of San Francisco’s many excellent newstands with literally 1000’s of magazines available to me I rarely see one I have to buy. I feel there are, I hope, magazines out there I really should be reading – but I do not know what they are!
Podcasts and video podcasts
Mostly a mix of music podcasts & some niche focused podcasts. Here’s the roughly complete list:
- Accident Hash – CC Chapman’s long running podsafe music podcast, in 2009 this was fairly irregular but usually enjoyable
- American Public Media’s Sound Opinions – One of my favorites, I have been a listener since an earlier version of this show was on commercial radio in Chicago
- CO-OP – a video podcast from Revision3 covering video games
- Critical Hit – a newer audio podcast from students in the Game Design program at Columbia College in Chicago
- Critical Hit: A Dungeons & Dragons podcast – from the website MajorSpoilers.com a podcast of a group of players playing D&D 4th edition – a bit of a nostalgia trip for me – but also it has been catching me up on the new rules of a game I played years ago
- Doctor Who podshock – for my occasional Dr. Who fan discusison
- Dungeons & Dragons podcast – an occasional podcast from Wizards of the Coast, I subscribed for a series of episodes they did with Wil Wheaton & folks from Penny Arcade playing a series of D&D games. The website archive is a bit clunky – subscribe to this podcast via iTunes.
- Games with Garfield – an occasional podcast from Richard Garfield on game design (inventor of many great games – including Magic the Gathering)
- The Geekbox – a group of B ay Area geeks – fun even if I’m a bit older than many of them and have slightly different tastes
- iFanboy – I subscribe to two audio and one video podcast by the iFanboy team (the video is with Revision3) these cover the Comics industry exceptionally well
- KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic – one of the best music radio shows anywhere – live in studio sets of great music are what they include in their podcast, but every show is available for streaming on demand.
- Major Spoilers – another comics (mostly) but also all things geek discussion podcast from a great comics review website
- Monocle (videos & audio podcast) – great short videos and audio podcast series from one of my favorite magazines, Monocle
- Murmur.com podcast – from the folks who do iFanboy an occasional podcast on movies & TV & other things geek
- NPR All Songs Considered podcast – amazing music podcast from NPR – almost always stuff I really enjoy
- NPR: Live Concerts from All Songs Considered – videos and audios of amazing live concerts
- Only A Game – NPR’s sports weekly podcast
- Radio Free Burrito – Wil Wheaton’s personal podcast which he has recently restarted after his recent Memories of the Futurecast series
- This American Life – another series I started listening to on radio, when it was first broadcast but now catch (occasionally) via podcast
There are a handful of other podcasts I still subscribe to but which haven’t been updated in months so are mostly archives in my iTunes.
It is worth noting that I no longer subscribe to any tech industry podcasts – I’m sure there are some which are engaging & well edited enough to be worth subscribing to? What are they?
Online Blogs & websites
I mostly use Google Reader – currently I have 211 RSS feeds I subscribe to, but looking at Google’s stats, I mostly only read a very small number of feeds – a few customized feeds (Craigslist searches and the like). They break down as follows.
- The Daily Dish – Andrew Sullivan’s Atlantic Monthly blog along with a few other Atlantic Monthly political blogs
- Jack and Jill Politics – an African American focused political blog friends of mine run
for Tech news:
- Techcrunch – I subscribe the main, full feed but am annoyed by the partial feed elements from other TechCrunch sites
- The Next Web
- Scobleizer – I have been reading Robert Scoble since before he joined Microsoft
- Venturebeat – full disclosure – I wrote for Venturebeat in 2009
- Boing Boing
- and really that’s about it – I don’t get to or read many other blogs and of the above I average only about 25% at most of any one of them – and usually closer to 10% or less of their posts. I subscribe to many other tech industry blogs, but these are the ones I read the most frequently.
- the Kitchn
- Serious Eats
- and a few other random blogs from friends or covering San Francisco (Mission Mission for example)
But again I have some 150+ other feeds I subscribe to yet rarely, if ever, get around to reading. If the feed isn’t a full text feed, even if from a very close personal friend, I will almost never, ever read that feed. Since I read on my iPhone over 50% of the time I’m reading RSS feeds, a non-full text feed requires a crapshoot of loading another site which is rarely well designed for an iPhone (or which breaks the links as far too many mobile site’s versions do) vs the easy navigation between stories when all full text and in Google Reader which has a great iPhone interface.
So clearly I am missing a great deal – what would people suggestion I add in 2010?
Please leave suggestions as comments below – for print publications, podcasts, video podcasts or other forms of media I should pay attention to on a regular basis in 2010. Please include areas I am missing as well as media in fields I am already following (so suggestions for business/econ focused podcasts are welcome). Even media which is niche & seemingly not likely focused for me – but which is a great example would be welcome suggestions. I’ll listen to or read everything suggest – at least once on the web.