The McGill Report

Information Overload: One Global Citizen's Strategy

Into our computers each morning arrives the same mass of undigested data that the hotel clerk in the famous Qwest TV ad describes in a monotone to a startled guest. Only for us it's a torrent of news and commentary -- every newspaper, wire service, news magazine and blog published in every world capital and second-tier city, and from a great many towns and villages too, from every developed country and quite a few developing countries, all in English, all instantaneous, simultaneous, and free. 

A navigation strategy is needed, obviously.  

Here is what I read besides my local newspapers (the Rochester Post-Bulletin and St. Paul Pioneer Press) and why. The "weak filters" and "strong filters" are what I read every morning. Weak filters are basic news sources and strong filters are partisan commentaries with links to referenced articles.

Weak Filters
    
The AP Wire
    Whatís happening worldwide in real time.
    
The New York Times
    The mainstream agenda. Ya canít escape it.

Strong Filters
    
 Andrew Sullivan
     
Gay, Catholic, conservative, tireless, brilliant, ridiculous.
     
Romeneskoís Media News
     
The U.S. mainstream mediaís inside gossip. 
     
Arts & Letters Daily
 
   Highbrow intellectual bathroom reading.

Useful Sites
     
Encyclopaedia Britannica
     
The best context is always global and historical. This is the one
     indispensable resource and the best $8 a month value on Earth.
     
BBC World News

     Comprehensive, liberal, excellent background features.
     
The Christian Science Monitor
     Excellent daily foreign news and news analysis.
     
The Global Economic Forum
     Daily global macroeconomic analysis from Morgan Stanley.
     
RefDesk
     A list of USA and world newspapers & much other stuff.

Glocal News
    
 A new journalism about the local effects of global causes, the local      opportunities of global trends, the local dangers of global threat.
           
Atlanta and the World
           The best "glocalized" newspaper section in the U.S.

Global News

     "Alternative media" sites try to bridge the gap between the way the      mainstream media sees the world, and the way they do.
           
The Globalist
           Economic neo-liberalism.
           
The World Tribune
           Mainstream journalists try to do it right. 
           The World Paper
           Third world politics and environmentalism.
           WorldNetDaily
           The Fox News of global news sites.
          
AlterNet
           Progressive liberal.
           
IndyMedia
           Radical leftist, anti-corporate.