Being students of politics it is really important that we stay as up-to-date as we can with current affairs. Living in the information age that we do, this is a fairly easy thing to do. The only problem is the amount of information coming at us! It’s huge! How can we take it all in? Well, we can’t possibly take it all in and we don’t have to. Nor do we necessarily have to go trawling the internet everyday in order to check for updates everywhere. Having said that, being critical thinkers, we do need to make sure that we are always consulting a variety of sources and deliberately seeking out other opinions.
Some major news sites:
Don’t forget blogs!
Many news services also have blogging sections, but let’s not forget about the everyday people out there who are blogging as well. Or journalists who have blogs independent of major news services. Here are some interesting English language blogs to check out from around the world:
Antony Loewenstein has written a great book called The Blogging Revolution in which he travels to Iran, Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Cuba & China to research, meet and write about bloggers who write and live under repressive regimes, some risking their lives to do so. In his book, there is an extensive lists of bloggers from these countries.
Here he is introducing his book and why he wrote it:
Using RSS to make the news come to you
There is an easy way to make all of this information come directly to you, saving you the laborious task of visiting several sites each day to see what they latest news is. It’s called RSS and it allows you to subscribe to blogs and news sites. This video will explain it all:
Your task now is to sign up to Google Reader and start adding some news feeds to it. It is best if you have a Gmail account because then you will be able to use the sharing function which can be very powerful.
And remember, make time everyday to have a look at your reader and get an overview of major events that are happening.