When I was a child, people used to tell me to inculcate a ‘Good Habit’ — Reading newspapers.
Those people who were applying for Government jobs and civil services were advised to meticulously digest lots of information from the newspapers.
Well, as I grew up, I got to know that I live in an era of disinformation and Media and News outlets are the worst source of information — Propaganda, lies, yellow journalism, and what not!
And may god save those who still follow this rubbish.
Recently I took a glance at Civil services examination newspaper. I found the toughest papers to be easier and I myself was amazed at the depth of knowledge I had of the subjects.
So how did I gain such a knowledge without ever reading a single newspaper article?
Here are the tools:
This is a microblogging platform. One opinion does not exist here. You see an issue from all the sides, gain perspective from all directions and have access to all kinds of thought processes.
Best part — The information is in digestible chunks and there is no need to delve into lengthy articles with misleading headlines.
Fake news hates twitter and they have a reason to fear it.
Follow your interests and hashtags and you gain an amazing amount of information from the topics.
Basically an RSS reader. Helps in gathering just the headlines and a short description from various sources you like. Have a glance at it daily for a few minutes and you know what has been published on what website or source, may it be technology, finance or fitness — a bird’s eye view and that is enough.
I use them only to gain in-depth knowledge and different perspectives. It is still plagued with plagiarism and misleading information. So we need facts to back the information presented from this source.
An open source platform which floats the most popular posts up. Also, there are subreddits belonging to different categories and provides some really good insights. I use it sparsely because it is mostly popular in the USA and other developed nations.