By Pamela Schied
MA Future Studies in Commerce, University of Houston
Principal, Foresight Communications Group
Staying informed in today’s noisy world of information is often compared to drinking from a fire hose! There has never been more content at our finger tips. Yet, filtering out the static in order to plug into content that matters is a challenge. The editors and staff of Wired magazine recently provided its readers with a great list of people and feeds to follow in the categories of business, consumer technology, science, design, government & security and culture.
Here are a few handpicked listers to check out for yourself.
marginalrevolution.com — Two George Mason University profs, Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, tackle economics in their blog, providing “fun reading that can make you smarter,” according to Wired staffers.
planetmoney podcast – NPR’s Planet Money blog is termed “the best source for understanding everything from bank bailouts to Kid Rock’s was on scalpers.”
Bits — Nick Bilton’s New York Times blog, says Wired, “brilliantly distills how technology affects our lives.”
All Songs Considered — This NPR blog surprised Wired by being the unexpected home of “the most diverse and well-curated new music on the web.”
What’s Alan Watching — This blog authored by small-screen critic Alan Sepinwall of HitFix is hailed by Wired as approachable and sincere, transcending “the snarkier-than-thou fray, and known for his recaps.
99% Invisible — This podcast from radio producer Roman Mars sniffs out the backstories of design via interviews with architects, artists, curators, scholars and city planners that come together with a “plain spoken delivery and infectious enthusiasm” into unique mini master classes.
Memeorandum — A non-partisan politics aggregator that uses a combination of editorial judgment and data analysis to cull and categorize the day’s political stories so you don’t have to.
Knight Science Journalism Tracker — According to Wired, MIT’s Knight Science Journalism program “find the best and worst science journalism and tell you what to read and what not to read.”
For a complete list of 101 Signals from Wired’s Sept. 2013 issue, visit http://www.wired.com/magazine/2013/08/101signals. (Subscription may be required.)