Good reads for getting better at current affairs

Microsoft kaslq
Jun 22 20 Comments

GK has never been my forte, however I want to get better and be good at current affairs:
What are some of the ways to slowly improve ?
I am thinking of starting to subscribe to Wall Street journal - what else do people do/read to stay on top?

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  • Microsoft Fgh742
    Reddit
    Jun 22 3
    • Microsoft kaslq
      OP
      Seriously? I thought it had mostly stale forums type of data
      Jun 22
    • Microsoft Fgh742
      Not really. Just follow the right subreddits. There is one for everything. r/worldnews for example
      Jun 23
    • Microsoft kaslq
      OP
      Thanks !
      Jun 23
  • Apple / Eng 🐒codemonk
    It is better reading news/magazines across the political spectrum & in many concentrations/forms: The Atlantic, AP/AFP/Reuters, NYT, WaPo, The Economist, Financial Times, WSJ, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, some new media specialized in Tech & politics & for sure books. Should just look at editorials & opinion sections but don’t get swayed too much by those. Need to read some anti-establishment stuff just to get diverse views (e.g. AJ English). Run away from self-publishing blog bull💩 and most politics on local/national TVs where clickbait talkheads are cuddling.

    You don’t have to subscribe — I only subscribe to NYT (cuz it’s comprehensive & has cooking/food, arts, fashion, games, FixTech, etc.), FT (financial, British), and The Economist (economy & politics). I pay special attention to WaPo’s important political editorials, and WSJ editorials/opinions as well (especially by some conservative members and politicians). I spend only between 1&2 hours reading stuff above every weekday and more about books on the weekend.

    I feel it’s best to deepen your understanding based on books & classics; news/magazines are mostly just for quick updates and information.

    Edit: as for social media, Medium & Quora are better than others in general
    Jun 23 2
    • Everything you said should be required reading by anyone in any huge market cap company.
      Jun 23
    • Apple / Eng 🐒codemonk
      I have been an advocate of adding reading rooms or libraries with books, newspapers, and several free subscriptions to magazines & newspapers to employee benefits
      Jun 23
  • Microsoft magic8
    What does better and good at mean? Better at reading opinionated articles? Good at spewing memorized facts?
    Jun 22 3
    • Microsoft kaslq
      OP
      No just knowing about what is happening around me - I feel I don’t know enough about what is happening, if I know about something I can form an opinion.
      Jun 23
    • Microsoft magic8
      Start with the first three. https://blog.feedspot.com/world_news_blogs/
      Jun 23
    • Microsoft kaslq
      OP
      Thanks!
      Jun 23
  • Amazon prod:~#
    On War, by Carl von Clauswitz. Human nature hasn't changed much since 1832.
    Jun 22 1
    • Microsoft kaslq
      OP
      Thanks:)
      Jun 23
  • Goldman Sachs fake engineer
    I find Quora to be a nice place to read about stuff, a lot of knowledgeable people analyze, fact check, and explain mainstream media article bias there. The quality has gone down the drain over the years and there's tons of trolls, but you can find deeper explanations than ultra biased news sources that often seem to portray an alternate reality with simplistic recycled themes.

    Since it's also a social platform, you can kind of get a feel for "public opinion" as well.

    I feel like growing up in the US you're taught that mainstream media is a reliable source but the older I get the more I feel disgusted seeing blindly copy paste material, logical fallacies, and gross fact omission in big papers.
    Jun 23 1
    • Apple / Eng 🐒codemonk
      Second this. I used to enjoy daily stories & opinions on Quora cuz I think they’re thoughtful writings with good references attached. Over the years quality hasn’t been as good so I read less frequently (but still frequently) on Quora and start reading more on Medium
      Jun 23
  • Microsoft
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    We have free access to WSJ btw. Checkout MS library
    Jun 23 1
  • Valassis / Eng
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    New York Times daily brief emails.
    Jun 23 0
  • F5 Networks indian in
    News.google.com
    Jun 23 0
  • Visa / Eng c10h15n
    Listen to your local news station during your commute
    Jun 23 0