Thursday, March 23

High-Speed connections breed online newswatchers

And that's certainly true for me. I get almost all of my news from online sources, from Yahoo! News to CNET to Wired. We subscribe to a weekend newspaper, but all we basically ever look at are the comics, the coupons, and the Parade magazine that come in the Sunday edition. Every once in a while I'll turn on TV news, but that format just isn't appealing to me since you would have to watch the whole show to get all the news, and I just can't set aside that much time.

I do get news on the radio sometimes, but since lately I've spent more time with podcasts than with broadcast news/talk radio that hasn't happened much in the past month or two.

But online news... that's perfect. Especially with RSS feeds to keep track of it. I don't have to be present as every news story is reported; I can just check the feed at my own leisure to get all of the recently-posted items. Previously-mentioned Squeet helps out with this by e-mailing me the latest items for my subscribed feeds on a daily basis so that I don't have to manually check them constantly (as I was doing before I started using Squeet).

And having high-speed, always-on access at home makes it possible.

(Study: Online News Popular on Broadband - Yahoo! News)


Harry J. Sachz said...

i more or less said goodbye to tv since i have discovered podcasts.. there's no reason for me to watch the same old garbage that's on anymore.. all the info that i wanna know is online..

thanks for your tips btw, i am now using the 3rd party programs - feedburner and sunrise for my feeds..

augmentedfourth said...

I do still watch some TV... mostly just Gray's Anatomy (a must-see) and various prime-time sitcoms if I'm around to catch them (According to Jim, How I Met Your Mother, and Two and a Half Men are all good).

Of course, the video podcasts I watch (Tiki Bar, Diggnation, Channel Frederator, MacBreak, macTV, and Board Games with Scott) give me a healthy dose of entertainment... TV is just for when I'm bored and have nothing else to do.

Harry J. Sachz said...

yes!... according to jim and two and a half men rock!... i'm also a huge fan of king of queens, house, and mythbusters... but i can download all of them to watch at my own leisure...

augmentedfourth said...

Ah, yes. BitTorrent... the poor man's TiVo.

Harry J. Sachz said...

haha.. bit torrent?.. perhaps a few years ago maybe.. us big boys have moved on...

augmentedfourth said...

To what?

If BitTorrent is good enough for Kevin Rose, it's good enough for me...

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