Generally, I don’t like blog memes, but this one caught my fancy. Web Teacher Virginia Debolt called my attention to the Media Consumption Diet Meme which she found at Web Strategy by Jeremiah (Owyang). He describes it thusly:
“I’m hoping to start this meme, that others will join in and share their media consumption diet, in hopes, that we’ll start to learn how they get information or be entertained. I’ve sort of mixed up mediums, and media types, but after some thought, that’s the best way to organize it.”
Since I was a kid – long before the internet, before television and even before the term “media” was in use – I was a news junkie. It’s not just information about what goes on the world I’m after, but a sense of the zeitgeist, of what the culture concerns itself with.
I often wonder now how I got through life before the web. I have a couple dozen Google News Alerts that drop into my mailbox each day covering many topics related to aging to keep up with what’s new for this blog, and some personal interests. Those take me to a wide variety of news sources, websites and blogs every day.
I also subscribe to a few major newspapers’ email headline services: The New York Times, the Washington Post, the GuardianUK, al-Jazeera, BBC, Sydney Morning Herald and some others. These are important because they are what political leaders around the world read.
Additional email feeds come from alternet, truthdig, tompaine, mediasavvy, several Pew Research feeds, Poynter, Buzzflash, my local paper in Portland, Maine and about a dozen other news and aging sources. Norm Jenson’s onegoodmove is essential to keep me up on the best leftie political stories from varieties of sources along with video clips of Jon Stewart, Colbert, Bill Maher, etc. so I don’t need to remember to watch their TV shows.
There was a time I visited every blog on the Elder Blogroll every day. The list is too long for that now, so I visit a few a day, work my way to the bottom and then start over again.
When I have time, one of my favorite news “games” is to follow a story in a dozen or so newspapers around the world for different perspectives.
I have long transferred all my music to my computer – about 8,000 tunes and albums. I’ve worked with many young web jockies who are plugged into their iPods all day, but I can’t concentrate when music is playing. Most often, I listen in the evenings with headphones so I can pump up the volume without bothering the neighbors. My excellent computer speakers take over to keep me moving when the house needs cleaning. I also listen to NPR and other radio stations on my computer.
I check the headlines on CNN or CNN Headline News several times a day for ten minutes or so as I wander through the kitchen, have lunch or dinner, feed the cat, etc. I subscribe to Time-Warner’s version of Tivo to record shows I want to see at my leisure. When all this media has turned my brain to mush, my default veg-out-to-TV shows are CSI, Without a Trace and any flavor of Law and Order.
I access email through Mozilla Thunderbird, use Sunrocket VoIP for my home telephone and was able to keep my New York telephone number (which I’ve had since 1975) by transferring it to my cell phone when I moved to Maine. Like this meme’s originator, Jeremiah, I’ve eliminated IM from life; it makes me twitchy.
I haven’t visited to a movie theater since I moved to Portland last year. I had come to dislike it in New York where patrons believe it is acceptable to use cell phones, talk to one another and/or comment on the film at street volume. I’ve joined Netflix now and sometimes use Time-Warner’s On Demand service.
This needs to be trimmed way down when renewals next come 'round. I subscribe to Time, Newsweek, U.S. News, and the Economist to know what the rest of the world is concerned with and they update me on stories of general interest that I’ve missed during the previous week. I also get The New York Review of Books, National Geographic, Down East (gotta learn more about my new home state), Business Week, Vanity Fair, The Nation, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Mother Jones and the New Yorker.
I also own on CDs the entire archive of the New Yorker, which I have found to be an essential research tool.
See Web above. I sometimes buy the Sunday New York Times, especially on a bad weather weekend when I won’t be going out. And as much as I think, long term, The New York Times is cutting their economic throat, I subscribe to their Select service which gives me access to the Op-Ed columnists and the entire historical archive of the paper.
Sometimes I think online booksellers would all shut down without me. Books are my biggest expenditure. For the past five or six years, about half my book buying relates to aging. The rest are about history, contemporary politics, social science and a handful of fiction writers I follow, plus the books that publishers send for review. There are usually about 10 to 15 books in the need-to-read pile.
Now it’s your turn. There’s no tagging specific people with this meme. Pick it up if you wish and we can all follow it with the Technorati tag, “Media Consumption Diet”. Or, if you’re not a blogger, let us know your media diet in the comments below.