My media diet is packed. I thank Cam Beck at Chaos Scenario for tagging me with this interesting meme and self-analysis. I've discovered a few things about my media consumption habits that have surprised me:
1. Blogs, Web sites and RSS feeds: I skim and/or read around 50-100 feeds, blogs and Web sites a day. (I do take some days off from this, depending on workload, weekends, etc.) I realize that I've become a very proficient skimmer since Web 2.0 took off; skimming is the only way I can survey and digest this flood of information. The blogs and Web sites I read and skim most regularly are:
- mainstream news
- alternative news
- tech news
- writing/writers blogs
2. Books: Because I read many books for work-related things (mainly non-fiction: trends, business, culture, and writing tips and perspectives), I haven't read a book just for fun in a long time.
3. Music: I listen to a lot of music, usually as an antidote to all the other media I'm immersed in. In addition to my favorites, I get recommendations from friends, listen to the radio, and check out iTunes in the quest for more. Every few months, I feature a musical writing mix on my blog's right-hand side, and these are some of my current favorites. (Got any good music you think I should hear? Drop me a comment and I'll be sure to check it out.)
4. Music videos: YouTube is my personalized MTV. I realized that music fits into my media diet so prominently because I use it to inspire work sessions or to relax between them. Listening to music enhances my creativity and makes me think "bigger," and while I've read studies that credit classical music with increasing mental functioning, I think rock, alternative, disco, and jazz all do that equally well.
5. Radio: I listen to NPR, BBC, WNYC, and any public radio station I can get on the Internet. I've been a fan of public radio since I was a kid. It is great to listen to while driving and excellent for getting world news first thing in the morning. There is something about radio that is timeless and very significant to me, and I hope it never disappears as media competition increases. In many parts of the world, it is often one of the only easily accessible and cheap/free media outlets available.
6. Twitter: Yes, Twitter is media to me. It's a highly-personalized microblogging channel. In Twitter, we users select who we want to hear blips and pings from all day long. It's not just a social network, as those of us who have seen news stories break on Twitter can attest to, though it's still a very social place. I get so many current links from those I follow on Twitter, and this has enhanced my blogging and online community experience immensely. It's work and play and current events, all located at one online venue.
7. TV: None. Nada. Zip. Zilch—unless I'm on vacation or visiting friends or family. I have no time for it, and all of the other media I consume fills in the news and entertainment gaps I have. TV would be redundant. TV can be great, but after surfing the Interwebs and often finding interesting, relevant information all day long, I find it hard to channel surf and find nothing to rival it.
8. Podcasts: I don't listen to any on a regular basis as some are quite long and I can't skim them to get the basic facts. If you know of a good podcast I should tune listen to, however, leave a link in the comments. (If only I had more time.........)
9. Social news sites: I just joined NewsTrust.net which "helps people find good journalism online." I'll write more about this as I participate more.
10. Magazines: I'm saving my most-consumed for last. As a primary source of my work, I'm completely surrounded by them. I read many, work for some, even dream about them on occasion. New ones on the newsstands always catch my eye, no matter how many I have on my desk. (One day I'll write a "I <3 magazines" post all about a primary focus in my life. Stay tuned.)
Would you like to take a close look at your media consumption? If so, tag yourself and link back here so we can read about it. Because I would like to read about the media diets of these very media-immersed people, I'm tagging: DK (Mediasnackers), Linda Sherman (It's Different For Girls), Sharon Sarmiento (eSoup), Steve Woodruff (StickyFigure) and Tara Bradford (Paris Parfait).
Many thanks to blogger extraordinaire Arun Rajagopal for starting this media meme!