Until beginning college, my typical response to anyone asking what my ‘favorite read’ is was simply that I do not read for pleasure. Until last year I would say this held true.
Since getting an iPhone, Twitter has been my best friend. I follow the Boston Globe and the Cape Cod Times for the sake of keeping up with the news at home, but you can also catch me retweeting the New York Times, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, NBC Nightly News, or the Associated Press on any given day. In terms of local news, I rely on following Onward State and the Daily Collegian.
But I am not just retweeting these news sources. I am now actually reading the news for pleasure thanks to Twitter. Though the 100+ characters initially sufficed for me, I have found that almost every major news story I have visited on a computer in the last six months has stemmed from my Twitter feed (which is in fact quite eclectic). While overseas in Italy, Twitter was the most immediate way I found out about the Boston Marathon bombings, which my closest friend was only a block away from.
In terms of print, I really only read the Daily Collegian because it is free and the Cape Cod Times (free while under my parents’ roof). Not that there is anything wrong with this necessarily, but there is a certain sadness in the realization that I do not work to read the news. I let the news come to my literal finger tips, from the comfort of my bed or the boredom of my small desk in a lecture hall.
I am also currently reading Joe Posnanski’s Paterno to shed more light on the Sandusky scandal, so I do intend to improve my media diet in the future with more books of this nature.