Be Informed, but make it Efficient

Growing up, we had the 6.01pm news (because I was in Ireland and the Angelus was televised at 6pm, donchaknow). Newspapers were still common and ‘reading the news’ was a prolonged affair.

Things have changed in the last two decades. Now the hunting down and consumption of news is a minefield to say the least. Google ‘news’ and through the magic of geo-tagging, you’ll see the main story in your area … as well as 4.5bn other results.

Then there’s corporate agendas and blinkered reporting. What’s ‘hot in news’ is local and dramatised. Basically, you’re not going to hear about what’s up in Syria unless you go looking … and now you’re exhausted before you’ve even gotten out of bed.

But yet, we prevail. I’ve written a whole post on why I believe keeping up with current affairs is the responsibility of all of us. So here’s my five favourite sources for news on the daily, because being informed is sexy lads!

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Why Keeping Up is Vital

We curate our world. Now, more than ever before, we can chose what we consume and when. Don’t like something? You can silence, mute and unfollow. Whether it be fashion, flowers or football you’re into, with a couple of clicks you can create an online happy place for yourself.

We’re niche experts, communicating across the globe with our comrades in interest. A global community, where we can find acceptance no matter how our real world treats us.

But, and hear me out here, it’s crucial that we don’t blinker ourselves to the rest of the world. The not-so-nice affairs of ‘everyone else’, left ignored, will eventually infiltrate our perfect bubbles. And by then, it’ll be bloody hard to claw back any ground.

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