What are some good websites to learn about (1) varied topics and (2) current events?
December 18, 2010 7:14 PM Subscribe
What are some good websites to (1) learn about new topics in bite-sized chunks, and (2) to keep abreast of current events?
posted by akprasad to education (13 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
If this has been asked before, I couldn't find the thread.
The first question is rather broad, but what I'm looking for is a centralized location where I can learn about myriad topics in an easily digestible form. Wikipedia is a great reference, but after reading the pages on the World Bank and the IMF, for example, I understood much less than when I read an article I found online titled "The IMF and the World Bank: How Do They Differ?" Wikipedia gives too much detail, and it's hard to extract the salient points.
Ideally, the site would be navigable in a way where I could pick a category (law, politics, and economics are particularly weak areas for me; maybe even science, although I need less work there) and then find a list of things I might want to learn about. Alternatively, it could be something like a blog format, where every day I learn something new. It's hard to think of topics when I know nothing about them.
For the second question, I know I could just surf news sites, but again what I'm seeking is digestibility. I want to know the 10 hottest topics of the week, which I am happy to read about elsewhere. Mostly cocktail party conversation sorts of things.