It had been bugging me for some time. How I was consuming news was efficient and thanks to apps like Zite and Flipboard I was able to read about a load of stuff that I’m interested in. These intuitive apps learn what you like & dislike and tailor your news feed so that you see stories that they know you’ll like. Sounds pretty good, huh?
Technology is great for this sort of thing, and it’s how many people keep up to date these days. But what are we missing by not reading a newspaper? You’d think that by reading about only stuff that interests you, your knowledge would deepen. And that’s true, but in a very narrow way. What we miss are the stories that catch our eye; that intriguing headline that draws us in; things we don’t know about and have never heard of, but that pique our interest. These are the things that expand our knowledge and help us to see things differently.
Whilst we were in Amsterdam last week I decided to stop relying so much on Zite. Buying a newspaper is a hassle, getting it delivered won’t work because I’m often not staying at home during the week. So, in a nice blend of old & new tech, I’ve downloaded the Guardian iPad app. I get the best of both worlds – I can read the (electronic) paper over breakfast, wherever I am. Already I’ve found some interesting stuff, things I just wouldn’t have seen before.
What put me off Sunday papers before was the sheer size of the things. All those supplements! I never had enough time to read them all, and it seemed such a waste of paper & ink. However, with the iPad app I can browse & read whatever I want and I’m not harming any trees!
My head is ready to expand with all this new knowledge….