29 votes

What news sources or other websites do you use on a daily basis?

I’m down to just Hacker News and Tildes for my daily digest. I think using link aggregators is a great way to gain exposure to outside perspectives.

Occasionally, I check the Wikipedia main page for juicy world news and featured articles.

29 comments

  1. asoftbird
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    Hardly any, l would say. I get bits and bobs from Tildes and through what people post on Discord servers, but l don't actively look for it. I've got plenty to worry about, and l've noticed that...

    Hardly any, l would say.

    I get bits and bobs from Tildes and through what people post on Discord servers, but l don't actively look for it.

    I've got plenty to worry about, and l've noticed that worrying about things far away l can't affect is a waste of a good mood.

    13 votes
  2. cadadr
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    I check Tildes a few times a day, a couple for the articles, a couple for replies to me. I go to /r/turkey at times for silly political news, but I never comment there. I have also stopped...

    I check Tildes a few times a day, a couple for the articles, a couple for replies to me. I go to /r/turkey at times for silly political news, but I never comment there. I have also stopped following news via RSS yesterday. My RSS feed instantly became copable w/o filtering, again. So now I am trying out Flym Android feed reader. I do check my feeds every day, and w/o newspapers, there are a couple dozen news in there on average (Including a certain section of publico.pt newspaper which I use for learning Portuguese, and internazionale.it, a low volume opinion outlet).

    A long standing wish of mine is to have a weekly news cycle rather than daily. It is way too frequent. I really like Hacker Newsletter for example, it has rendered HN useful for me again. The (bi)weekly cadance has nice benefits: the discussion and the disputes settle, false news are falsified, there is no constant overloading of your mind and emotions with silly stuff the govts do. I haven't yet found nice weekly newsletters for world news, Turkey news, academia/science news, local events news. What I have foun is Hacker Newsletter and Pointer.io which are good enough for my tech news fix.

    I also check my youtube subscriptions daily, but it is rare that there is something I'd watch on a couple consecutive days.

    8 votes
  3. welly
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    BBC News for my daily "what's going on in the world" mainly because it's not a particularly obnoxious site in that I don't get plagued with popups, ads (I'm UK based), modals pestering me to sign...

    BBC News for my daily "what's going on in the world" mainly because it's not a particularly obnoxious site in that I don't get plagued with popups, ads (I'm UK based), modals pestering me to sign up, etc. etc.

    Other than that, Hacker News, Tildes (both mainly as a lurker) when I'm on the toilet (I'm not on the toilet at the moment, don't worry!)

    Honestly, I'm going off the internet, or the web at the very least. I work as a web developer and I have no great desire to spend an evening browsing websites after a day of looking at websites (stackoverflow, php.net/manual etc. plus whatever I'm working on).

    If I do use the internet in the evening, it's more or less limited to youtube and spotify. Of course, I do shop online so actually I probably do use the web a little more than perhaps I realise.

    But I feel like I'm using the internet/web for a purely utilitarian purpose. I do what I need to do and then it gets closed/turned off. I don't aimlessly browse the web, I don't participate in any social media (unless what I'm doing currently is considered participating in social media?).

    I'm sure there are plenty like me. I just feel that having used the web since 1994 (and various online communities since the mid 80s), it's all just all just run its course. I'm no longer that interested in participating online, with few exceptions. Tildes is absolutely an exception, albeit I mostly lurk. It's by far the least toxic and obnoxious online community I've been part of for a long, long time. I don't feel like I'm being sold anything, which is refereshing.

    I'm going well off topic here so I'll stop.

    Edit. Oh, I'm involved in a few groups via meetup.com. But that is offline so I'm not sure it entirely counts :)

    4 votes
  4. [8]
    acdw
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    I check HN (I need to only use Hacker Newsletter, as someone said above), and sometimes NPR and NYT. Also Lobsters. I'm not sure why; I'm not a particularly tech-savvy person, but there's not a...

    I check HN (I need to only use Hacker Newsletter, as someone said above), and sometimes NPR and NYT. Also Lobsters. I'm not sure why; I'm not a particularly tech-savvy person, but there's not a ton of stuff for writers I think. Also Mastodon, though for news it's not the best. I also have some feeds.

    4 votes
    1. [7]
      cadadr
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      LeechBlock really helped me break the habit of going to reddit, HN, etc. compulsively the moment I'm bored, so I can suggest that if you feel like it's taking too much of your time.

      LeechBlock really helped me break the habit of going to reddit, HN, etc. compulsively the moment I'm bored, so I can suggest that if you feel like it's taking too much of your time.

      3 votes
      1. [6]
        acdw
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        I've tried that, it didn't quite work -- I can be very insistent to read things. Maybe I should try again -- my natural usage of these sites are going down, so maybe it'll take this time.

        I've tried that, it didn't quite work -- I can be very insistent to read things. Maybe I should try again -- my natural usage of these sites are going down, so maybe it'll take this time.

        1 vote
        1. [5]
          cadadr
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          For me, setting a certain hour of the day to use these stuff really helped: when I blocked it altogether, I had the urge to break it; but if I new I could go back to the thing between 6pm–11pm for...

          For me, setting a certain hour of the day to use these stuff really helped: when I blocked it altogether, I had the urge to break it; but if I new I could go back to the thing between 6pm–11pm for an hour, then I can easily let the tab sit there for a few hours. Also, with this sort of blocking, I became very conscious of how much time each interaction costed me and how much time I really spent vs. I thought I spent, so that was helpful.

          5 votes
          1. [4]
            acdw
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            hm, maybe that'll work too. you know, that's actually a really good idea -- I'll block it at work, but allow it between, say, 6 and 10 pm at home -- that way, I won't just fall into scrolling at...

            hm, maybe that'll work too. you know, that's actually a really good idea -- I'll block it at work, but allow it between, say, 6 and 10 pm at home -- that way, I won't just fall into scrolling at 4pm when I get home, I'll have to do something else for at least two hours. Hopefully then I'll be on momentum that'll save me.

            3 votes
            1. [3]
              cadadr
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              Hope it works for you! Here is an old screenshot of my settings: https://mastodon.sdf.org/@cadadr/101349611369771875.

              Hope it works for you! Here is an old screenshot of my settings: https://mastodon.sdf.org/@cadadr/101349611369771875.

              5 votes
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                acdw
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                Thank you! I didn't know about the + syntax. That's super useful!

                Thank you! I didn't know about the + syntax. That's super useful!

                1 vote
  5. Arshan
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    https://www.bellingcat.com/ doesn't post every day, but has the best investigative journalism I have ever seen.

    https://www.bellingcat.com/ doesn't post every day, but has the best investigative journalism I have ever seen.

    4 votes
  6. Quanttek
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    I primarily get my news from The New York Times, the Guardian, and (in German) Zeit Online

    I primarily get my news from The New York Times, the Guardian, and (in German) Zeit Online

    3 votes
  7. KapteinB
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    To see what's going on in my own country and the world: Aftenposten To keep tabs on my interests: Reddit For intelligent discussions: Tildes and Hubski For quality articles: Digg To see what my...

    To see what's going on in my own country and the world: Aftenposten

    To keep tabs on my interests: Reddit

    For intelligent discussions: Tildes and Hubski

    For quality articles: Digg

    To see what my friends are up to: Facebook

    To half-watch some videos while playing video games: YouTube

    3 votes
  8. hhh
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    NPR (text only usually because it’s faster) and NYT. I browse the atlantic occasionally (more of an opinion column than news) but there are a lot of articles I disagree with on there. tildes too,...

    NPR (text only usually because it’s faster) and NYT. I browse the atlantic occasionally (more of an opinion column than news) but there are a lot of articles I disagree with on there.

    tildes too, of course. I used to use reddit as well but I feel like stuff is posted there just for the headlines and nothing else so I stopped checking it.

    2 votes
  9. Litmus2336
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    I mostly read the Atlantic, it's the left-center hot takes plants crave. I also frequently check out various feminist media, mostly for media reviews and to discuss culture. There's a ton out...

    I mostly read the Atlantic, it's the left-center hot takes plants crave.

    I also frequently check out various feminist media, mostly for media reviews and to discuss culture. There's a ton out there, but b*tch tends to have good content.

    2 votes
  10. Eva
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    Sixth Tone, a few local papers without English translations, The New York Times & The New Yorker for less news-ish articles, a handful of other papers, and for most things I don't catch, despite...

    Sixth Tone, a few local papers without English translations, The New York Times & The New Yorker for less news-ish articles, a handful of other papers, and for most things I don't catch, despite disagreeing with many of his political stances, stallman.org usually is on-point for the more niche bits of news.

    2 votes
  11. guywithhair
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    The Hill is the first place I go for news. The writing is very neutral, but the choice of articles is less so (liberal bias). National Review is the other side of the coin, where the writing is...

    The Hill is the first place I go for news. The writing is very neutral, but the choice of articles is less so (liberal bias).

    National Review is the other side of the coin, where the writing is largely neutral (at least for a conservative news medium), but the choice of articles is more biased. I do this to make sure I'm not missing out on any domestic events. Side note, if anyone has recommendations for other (reasonable) conservative news, I'm all ears. I have an app that aggregates about 10-15 sites, but most of their sites are just too biased for me to make it all the way through an article due to the way they're written. I immediately skip any article (regardless of which bias) that uses grabby verbiage or overly dramatic headlines.

    Associated Press whenever I'm more curious about international events, though I usually just read headlines unless something looks important.

    I've stopped relying on reddit for any sort of news, but it can be helpful for finding the types of stories that aren't being reported on by large companies. Same is true for Tildes, but I'm actually willing to participate in the discussions here.

    1 vote
  12. ols
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    Tildes and lobster.rs, have basically replaced reddit and HN with them. I also ready BBC, The Spectator, and a few different phlog aggregators.

    Tildes and lobster.rs, have basically replaced reddit and HN with them. I also ready BBC, The Spectator, and a few different phlog aggregators.

    1 vote
  13. gtwillwin
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    Reddit and Tildes as my main link aggregators. Occasionally I'll read 538 articles, and I use The Athletic for sports news

    Reddit and Tildes as my main link aggregators. Occasionally I'll read 538 articles, and I use The Athletic for sports news

    1 vote
  14. mrbig
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    The only proper news site I visit sometimes is El País. Besides that, I circle through Reddit, Tildes and Hacker News.

    The only proper news site I visit sometimes is El País. Besides that, I circle through Reddit, Tildes and Hacker News.

  15. stephen
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    Tildes, Reddit, Democracy Now, Now This, Left/BreadTube, chicago sun-times, chicago defender, chicago reporter, resilience.org newsletter, achitect's newspaper emailers, symbiosis slack channel...

    Tildes, Reddit, Democracy Now, Now This, Left/BreadTube, chicago sun-times, chicago defender, chicago reporter, resilience.org newsletter, achitect's newspaper emailers, symbiosis slack channel has good stuff posted to it too.

  16. Keegan
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    Sort of on this topic, but basically any opinion piece I see in my RSS feed, I don't read. They usually have a very large bias and just regurgitate info from actual reporting. In my feed I have...

    Sort of on this topic, but basically any opinion piece I see in my RSS feed, I don't read. They usually have a very large bias and just regurgitate info from actual reporting.

    In my feed I have Reuters, New York Times, a couple MIT feeds, and The Hill. I tend to just skim the headlines until I find something that is a topic interesting to me.

  17. Stroh
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    Hacker News, Fidelity News within the app, Tildes, youtube local news occasionally, and sometimes Reddit but I'm not subscribed to news. People usually bring up news in conversation.

    Hacker News, Fidelity News within the app, Tildes, youtube local news occasionally, and sometimes Reddit but I'm not subscribed to news.
    People usually bring up news in conversation.

  18. Nivlak
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    Aljazeera English is a great news app. I use it in conjunction with a couple others, including an app for local news in my area.

    Aljazeera English is a great news app. I use it in conjunction with a couple others, including an app for local news in my area.