The overwhelming majority of what I read could be considered “current events,” which makes it hard to narrow this category down. I’ve decided to go with a more traditional definition, so the blogs below have to do with things you might find in the news that do not, on a regular basis, feature anything that could be construed as celebrity news.
So, as with my food blog picks, here are the current event blogs that would make the cut if I ever cleaned up my Feedly:
- Feministing is, 95% of the time, a bit too strident for me in that “I agree with your point but not your tone” way that always made me cringe in college and grad school. Still, it’s the best site I’ve found for getting a rundown of news that my other sources might not be covering, and from a different perspective than most other media.
- The Dish, obviously. It took me awhile to get into Andrew Sullivan, and I still find him a bit too much from time to time . . . but glancing at the Dish’s posts each day (and/or reading them in full) gives the best overview of online chatter about real things. My favorite threads are those that veer away from the absolutely current, like this one on miscarriage. I also love the experiment of an advertisement free, subscription based business/content model. This is how I think the Internet should work–a penny or two per post (or, in the Dish’s case, less than half a cent per post).
- Slog, the blog of the Stranger, Seattle’s alternative newspaper, is amazing even if (like me) you have never been to Seattle. Seattle-specific content only makes up about half of Slog, and the other half ranges from Dan Savage sex advice posts to lengthy national political coverage by Paul Constant. (Paul Constant is a bit of a crazy liberal, and I think I wouldn’t like him much in person, but he is my favorite reporter–by a very wide margin–during national election seasons.) Also, one of their reporters, Jen Graves, is from Albany. So there’s that, too.
Doesn’t seem like a lot, but they’re all prolific and they’re all great. And so, between them and the New York Times, I can avoid clicking on 99% of Slate’s click-baity headlines, which is one of my main Internet goals. Mission accomplished.