to_read?

April 6, 2007 — 7 Comments

One thing I’m worried about is getting caught in a bubble–reading too much of the same basic sources until my worldview no longer resembles the actual world. Just because of what I’m actually trying to learn, tech and public relations, I find that I read a disproportionate amount of industry blogs. You should distrust tech people (or at least view their work with some skepticism) for the same reason you shouldn’t pay too close attention to the words of actors. Look, you remember how these people were in high school. You well-adjusted friends didn’t suddenly get into acting when they turned 25, it’s the same basic dorks from the drama club. Just like now, the industry people who pretend they are the cultural gatekeepers of the internet, were in fact, the nerd from high school who didn’t have a clue about human interaction. What’s changed? Probably not much.

So, I’m looking for new sites to read. I’ve got a solid 100 blogs in my Reader, and still looking for more. I use del.icio.us regularly too–for those stellar, one-hit-wonder kind of article. What do you guys recommend? Who should I read on culture, politics, sports, comedy, entertainment, law, education, lifestyle, ANYTHING.

Post suggestions on my comments section, drop me an email at ryan.holiday@gmail.com or add me on del.icio.us and tag me worthwhile reads. I’ll start doing the same here with good sites I find.

Edit: My del.icio.us ID is ryanholiday

Ryan Holiday

I'm a strategist for bestselling authors and billion dollar brands like American Apparel, Tucker Max and Robert Greene. My work has been used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube and Google and has been written about in AdAge, the New York Times, Gawker and Fast Company.

7 responses to to_read?

  1. To an extent, the internet itself is one big bubble. Sure there are a lot of diverse blogs to choose from, but so much of it is still dominated by the “tech people”. I used to think Digg would be great when I first heard about, but after about a week I realized that 90% of the shit on there is either about the wii, atheism, a cool photography site or the new Spiderman 3 trailer. I’ve never used del.ico.us much, but I assume it’s a similar deal.

    This doesn’t mean they have great potential though… Imagine a society in the near future where peoples’ main source of news and information comes from blogs. Writers wouldn’t have pressure from superiors to edit their content,and the best articles would be “dugg”, and read even more. It’s a great positive feedback loop. Of course a huge niche of the population still isn’t internet-ready enough for this to happen.

    Sorry for the digression… my favorite blog is probably the Becker-Posner blog. Written by a Nobel-prize-winning economist and a federal judge, it provides a practical and unique economic/political perspective on many issues that you don’t find so much in main stream media.

  2. You know, you’re just like the over-simplifying alpha males at the board. Don’t pay attention to actors because they’re all the same dorks from the drama club? What a narrow-minded generalization offered by someone who clearly doesn’t know any actors, or anything about acting.

    There’s a certain stigma attached to theater majors, and I can’t say that a good majority of them are doing anything to contradict it for the most part, but it’s ridiculous and dismissive to loop together every single person who has a passion for or just a natural talent for acting as some kind of blathering idiot.

    I’ve been acting for years locally and I was pretty close to becoming a theater major, but I decided at the last minute that I’m going to Med School instead. I can say that I am equally qualified for both fields and while I certainly appreciate the nobility inherent to actually helping people, I don’t think I’d give it a second thought if I was offered “my big chance.” I’d take it because of a passion that I don’t think you’re capable of understanding.

  3. What are you talking about? Because you were an actor, the majority of them are smart? Should I name that logical fallacy after you?

    Like I really need any other proof than the steady stream of horseshit that passes as political opinion coming from Hollywood?

    Look, certain groups are predisposed to certain activities–nerds to alone time with computers, flamboyant personalities to the stage. Those strengths, however, often make them weak when it comes to relating to how the rest of the world works. Perhaps you’re not one of those people, but the way you comically whined about some throwaway comment leads me to believe you are.

    When you combine creativity and business sense with a love for technology you get Jason Calacanis, and when you combine acting with say, a knack for dealing with people, you get get Ronald Reagan.

  4. I’d love to give suggestions, but I’m afraid our tastes are pretty similar and I don’t want to get repetitive. Maybe you should list some of the blogs you do read and recommend?

  5. In defense of dano–you said that actors are dorks from drama club. He proved that he isn’t, and that obliterates your point…even if you do try to re-frame the issue.

    Secondly, do you think that you or Tucker have a clue about human interaction? That you use language like “human interaction” to refer to something very basic is kind of telling.

    Sorry for all the criticism. But I think you can take it.

  6. Human interaction is telling why? Because that’s literally what it’s called?

    And he didn’t prove his point, he proved mine. I’ll call it the “Waaaah, I’m Special” Fallacy. By his objection he’s making himself the exception that proves the rule–that the common consensus is that such groups perform poor socially.

    But again, that’s not even close to the focus of the post. The point is that being well-rounded is a constant battle. And I appreciate the people who ACTUALLY helped.

  7. You’ve probobly read this before but

    Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

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