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Re: What do you read?

Postby Saz » Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:53 pm

No wonder you guys are such rubes, you are uncultured and illiterate.

I read the FT and the NY Times daily. Times is shit now but it's always good to know what the shitlibs are up to. Economist and Businessweek on a weekly basis. If I'm in a sour mood I'll read the Journal or The Guardian. Sometimes you can find a few gems but most of it is uninformative and obnoxious. If I have the time I check Project Syndicate. I also have google alerts for topics that interest me, like how boomers have ruined the world, or Japanese demographic trends.

Most "Newspapers" are failing media companies masquerading as something noble. Overall I would say the long form is a long dying art. The research is still there but rather than make a proper argument you end up with there "Investigations" presented over 20 poorly tied together articles that have neither a coherent thesis nor narrative. The internet has dulled down the discourse and commoditised the newsprint business. We have 1000 outlets all writing the same 500 words about an event, and never a true in depth examination and report on the topic. The New York Times is mostly full of shit, they let david f**k brooks write for them every other day for gods sake! But they still on occasion do a proper dive into a topic and provide an entertaining article with good knowledge, which is why I read them. The guardian reads like the daily mail and the half the articles in the Journal could have been written by a clever piece of software.
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Re: What do you read?

Postby NAB » Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:57 pm

I get a lot of good information from my BroAlerts app.
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Re: What do you read?

Postby Saz » Tue Mar 08, 2016 5:56 pm

NAB wrote:I get a lot of good information from my BroAlerts app.


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Re: What do you read?

Postby Philly » Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:09 pm

Saz wrote:No wonder you guys are such rubes, you are uncultured and illiterate.

I read the FT and the NY Times daily. Times is shit now but it's always good to know what the shitlibs are up to. Economist and Businessweek on a weekly basis. If I'm in a sour mood I'll read the Journal or The Guardian. Sometimes you can find a few gems but most of it is uninformative and obnoxious. If I have the time I check Project Syndicate. I also have google alerts for topics that interest me, like how boomers have ruined the world, or Japanese demographic trends.

Most "Newspapers" are failing media companies masquerading as something noble. Overall I would say the long form is a long dying art. The research is still there but rather than make a proper argument you end up with there "Investigations" presented over 20 poorly tied together articles that have neither a coherent thesis nor narrative. The internet has dulled down the discourse and commoditised the newsprint business. We have 1000 outlets all writing the same 500 words about an event, and never a true in depth examination and report on the topic. The New York Times is mostly full of shit, they let david f**k brooks write for them every other day for gods sake! But they still on occasion do a proper dive into a topic and provide an entertaining article with good knowledge, which is why I read them. The guardian reads like the daily mail and the half the articles in the Journal could have been written by a clever piece of software.


Did you see Brooks today? I get a bizarre enjoyment from his morbid cringe value but he really topped himself today. Used the analogy of a drunk girl hooking up with a creep at last call as an analogy for the GOP nominating Trump or Cruz. Then inserted himself as the drunk girls fat friend who is there to cockblock and save the day. This is his own made up analogy and that's the role he chose for himself.
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Re: What do you read?

Postby John Galt » Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:54 pm

newspapers mainly just reprint reuters and AP stuff, some AFP. and if it's not that, if it's a local story, other places just link to someplace that links to someplace that links to someplace..... that links to the local article, and they are all basically the same thing
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Re: What do you read?

Postby Demosthenes » Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:00 pm

The Times of London
FT
WSJ
NYT

All on student subscriptions because I'm a stingy member of an ancient Abrahamic religion.
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Re: What do you read?

Postby Spider » Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:45 pm

Still get Wired, National Geographic and The Economist on paper. Everything else is online now. Wired could easily be traded for the online version. Its getting lighter and more ad-loaded each year. The writing still tends to be fun.

Something about NG though, where I really love getting it on paper. My grandparents gave me a subscription for xmas when I was a kid and I've never missed an issue.
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Re: What do you read?

Postby Saz » Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:25 am

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Saz wrote:No wonder you guys are such rubes, you are uncultured and illiterate.

I read the FT and the NY Times daily. Times is shit now but it's always good to know what the shitlibs are up to. Economist and Businessweek on a weekly basis. If I'm in a sour mood I'll read the Journal or The Guardian. Sometimes you can find a few gems but most of it is uninformative and obnoxious. If I have the time I check Project Syndicate. I also have google alerts for topics that interest me, like how boomers have ruined the world, or Japanese demographic trends.

Most "Newspapers" are failing media companies masquerading as something noble. Overall I would say the long form is a long dying art. The research is still there but rather than make a proper argument you end up with there "Investigations" presented over 20 poorly tied together articles that have neither a coherent thesis nor narrative. The internet has dulled down the discourse and commoditised the newsprint business. We have 1000 outlets all writing the same 500 words about an event, and never a true in depth examination and report on the topic. The New York Times is mostly full of shit, they let david f**k brooks write for them every other day for gods sake! But they still on occasion do a proper dive into a topic and provide an entertaining article with good knowledge, which is why I read them. The guardian reads like the daily mail and the half the articles in the Journal could have been written by a clever piece of software.


Did you see Brooks today? I get a bizarre enjoyment from his morbid cringe value but he really topped himself today. Used the analogy of a drunk girl hooking up with a creep at last call as an analogy for the GOP nominating Trump or Cruz. Then inserted himself as the drunk girls fat friend who is there to cockblock and save the day. This is his own made up analogy and that's the role he chose for himself.


Yea, that piece was a festering pile of shit, and it's lingering aroma is what inspired me to mention Mr. Brooks. You knew looking at the title this was going to be a horrible horrible piece.
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Re: What do you read?

Postby Saz » Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:28 am

John Galt wrote:newspapers mainly just reprint reuters and AP stuff, some AFP. and if it's not that, if it's a local story, other places just link to someplace that links to someplace that links to someplace..... that links to the local article, and they are all basically the same thing


Yea, actual hard news is best from Reuters or AP itself. Everyone else just copies them for the most part, which is why I put a premium on the opinion articles and the overall tone of writing. Some are very crisp and witty, economist for example. Some are barley a step above buzzfeed, like guardian.
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Re: What do you read?

Postby The Comrade » Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:55 pm

i get all my news from saz
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