Seperate wheat from Chaff for big picture
September 18, 2011 11:53 AM Subscribe
I would like to improve my ability to make sense of the news and form an educated opinion. So what are the techniques you have for connecting the dots in today's news stories to get the big picture? For e.g. if you want to get an idea about Greek defaults - Is it through reading select big picture blogs/sites or reading a whole lot of random stuff related to the topic? Do you read rely on select trusted sources ? Or do you quickly go through a whole lot of Google News Stories / Wiki entries etc.
posted by manny_calavera to media & arts (15 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I am very interested in getting to know the big picture of a particular topic really fast. I have observed that for historical topics , you have lots of literature and I generally end up choosing some of the popular options. E.g. for the 2008 financial crisis - the books , Fault Lines, The Big Short and Too Big to Fail together provided me an insight into why things played out the way they happened.
But for a current situation like the European crisis, how do I form a big picture myself . Most of the news stories surrounding a topic are descriptive in nature with random people offering an opinion until the smoke clears a bit . Hence I do not trust a lot of analysis of the news media.
But I would like to form an educated opinion about the major news stories. So what techniques should I be using?
What are the blogs/sites you recommend for getting the big picture?