Keeping up to date with events back home

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Hey guys,

 

Between Facebook, spam emails, amazon reviews, advertisements, popups, and random news stories, the internet has become overwhelming for me, in a data consumption regard. I find I have difficulty filtering out what is unimportant, and get easily distracted. I also have a (for me) challenging job, which exhausts most of my concentration each day. Nevertheless, I would like to remain up to date with important news from the US.

 

With all the media we have these days, what is the best way to keep up to date with the salient news in the US? What’s the best unbiased source, and what ways do you like to consume the news? Web browser, iPad, subscription to magazines? Something else?

 

Looking forward to your comments.

 

-Tom from Wisconsin

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Mostly Facebook, My local online newspaper, www.irishtimes.com, and one other internet forum, they tend to be the most reliable

 

Facebook and the other forum being the best source of indepentant (and sometimes idiotic ;)) opinions

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How do you keep up to date with back home?

I don't.

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I don't.

 

You donnnnnnn't?

I don't believe that. :) You are still human and your past can't be that bad that you wouldn't want to look back.Also, don't you have any family /friends left back home you are curious how they are doing?

I'm back home every day and see how many people killed themselves on the road and how much better off I'm here despite the bad weather.( got to do something interesting every morning.What are newspapers for?)

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I don't really keep up with "back home" either, since home is now here in good old Deutschland. I like it better here away from the strip malls and subdivisions. I'll take vacations back home like the Germans and go see stuff I never got around to seeing when I lived there. The election is over and I kept up with that - sort of exhausting compared to the German general election. I barely noticed when Merkel got voted in.

 

I try to read the German news and educate myself on what's happening here. I'm not entirely successful.

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You donnnnnnn't?

I don't believe that.

I do. I keep up with old friends and some family on FB, but my family has such a rocky history that it's always an on-again, off-again relationship. Currently it's off again between me and my sister in-law and at least between me and my father, who will decide whether it's on-again or off-again for my mother.

 

I didn't even know it was off-again with my father until he stopped answering my emails, PMs and phone calls.

 

I finally PM'd, "are you mad about something?". A few days later I got an email about what he's mad about this time.

 

I've been mending (and coming close to tearing down) that fence for so many years, I have no trouble believing that someone just finally gave up trying.

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The OP was asking how to keep up with "salient news".

 

We all have our ways of keeping up with family or not.

 

I must confess that I browse through Yahoo news daily.

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The OP was asking how to keep up with "salient news".

 

Yes, I see that now. All the talk about facebook and family back home threw me off.

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I listen to my sonos internet radio stream form US radio stations. Keeps me up to date with what is happening in NYC. And as I unwind in the evening I have listening to live new reports.

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"Back home" is a difficult concept, as home is really where I'm living now and have made a home and a life for myself. But to keep up with US news, I read the NYT online, and read Doonesbury - every day. And yes, I'm fully aware that these are not unbiased sources, but am of the opinion there is no such thing as an unbiased news source. Important is just to know which way what you're reading is skewed.

 

Other sites I check regularly (but not daily, otherwise I wouldn't have time to do anything else) are Slate, HuffPo, WashPo and, to get a view outside the US, I also check the NZZ, Tagesanzeiger, Economist, Guardian and ZEIT - all online - and listen to the news on DeutschlandFunk. Every once in a great while, I will check the sites of the newspapers from the area I grew up in, in Michigan.

 

The only paper I subscribe to these days is the ZEIT, and the GerMan usually buys the Sueddeutsche on Saturday.

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Get friendly with someone who takes the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

 

Every week is a pull out from the NYT. I read mine religiously, to keep track with life in the US, even though I'm a Brit. In fact I was reading two of them in the sauna this morning.

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"Back Home" is a bit odd for me, as there is more than one place that could qualify. I grew up in a number of places, and my family is spread around the world. But essentially, it mostly connects AU/NZ/UK (in no particular order).

 

I keep up with UK news the most, both online media, magazines on my iPad, and live news from BBC (TV/Radio). I don't keep up with AU/NZ news quite as much, but when I do, I watch the odd bulletin from TVNZ or ABC (AU not US).

 

Plus points:

* Streaming TV: Naturally, I watch the German news from ARD most nights, but I also keep up other countries online. It's amazing how we can stream news and TV shows from the other side of the world these days. In all honesty, 70% of non news related Television is UK based (and mostly BBC), but the remaining is pretty evenly split between DE/NZ/AU (and IE as it's a nice perspective, even though I have no real link).

* Streaming Radio: Like the post before where someone used their Sonus. We have a Squeezebox in each room, with the presets set to stations in DE/AU/NZ/UK. I would have killed for something like this when I was a kid. Wow.

* eMagazines: Basically the same as the original, but downloaded at a fraction of the cost to our iPad. Amazing how we can read Magazines and Newspapers just like the originals, but on our tablets.

 

I've pretty much stopped buying printed Magazines and Newspapers as they just charge too much for delivery.

 

My folks are still kicking around, but we chat mainly by old fashioned telephone or email. They are just too old for anything else (and email itself is a miracle)

 

For most other friends, Skype or Facetime. Who needs anything else really. Remember when we had to pay a fortune for a long distance voice call? And now we get video calls free of charge. Who says everything always becomes more expensive!

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I check the Vancouver Province, Vancouver Sun and North Shore News (the local North and West Vancouver rag) online once in a while and get the rest of my news from Canadian friends and family. Yahoo.ca is also not bad.

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Also, don't you have any family /friends left back home you are curious how they are doing?

 

Family: two aged aunts (will be 90 & 93 @ Christmas) & one brother who isnt that keen to keep much contact.

 

Friends: after 30 years - next to none; I guess there is just one guy with whom I used to fly model aircraft whilst in UK & as then-KLM freight manager at Manchester airport he got me my first cockpit ride with KLM. We did visit him last year when I was in the area - apart from that its the regular Christmas card.

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Family: two aged aunts (will be 90 & 93 @ Christmas) & one brother who isnt that keen to keep much contact.

 

Friends: after 30 years - next to none; I guess there is just one guy with whom I used to fly model aircraft whilst in UK & as then-KLM freight manager at Manchester airport he got me my first cockpit ride with KLM. We did visit him last year when I was in the area - apart from that its the regular Christmas card.

 

 

 

apart from that its the regular Christmas card.

I'm still getting birthday greetings thanks to the IT, but they are getting fewer every year.Time does that us.

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I must confess that I browse through Yahoo news daily.

 

Yeah, but that's mostly Kardashian 'news', whose celebrity outfit was better?, and what do you think of the latest quasi pornographic cheerleading uniforms** worn by some chump team in Texas? You call that salient?

 

Try the U.S. section of CNN. :P

 

**this is probably why the OP finds the internet distracting:

 

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If they would come and visit me I would not have to clear my sidewalk of snow. They look hot enough to melt the snow. :P

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If you take some time to get Twitter set up, there are huge benefits to be reaped from a read-only account.

 

You can filter quickly and also look at news at a much more granular level, e.g. journalist rather than publication.

 

I set up my first Twitter account roughly one year ago and it has become my main interface to the web while reducing the amount of time i spend online.

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Here's how I'd do it.

 

Google "RSS News Feed" or go to a site (from back home) that you know is good. Ultimately, you'll get yourself an RSS news feed. There are two ways (that I can think of off the top of my head) that you can filter that.

 

One way is to create a Yahoo Pipes account. Point it to your newly discovered RSS feed(s). Then add filters to it. For example, if you don't want to hear about the Kardashians, just add a filter with the keyword "Kardashian". Add as many filters as you need. The output of your Yahoo pipe can be put into your RSS reader, Outlook, or browser. You'll get filtered news.

 

Another way to handle (filter) the news is to create an IFTTT account. This is what I currently use (after switching from Yahoo Pipes) and every time my RSS feed(s) yield a new (unfiltered) item, IFTTT sends me an email. I use an Outlook filter to ditch the uninteresting garbage and route each of these IFTTT RSS mails to a folder.

 

edit: here's an example source of news RSS feeds:

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