The explosion of data on the internet is certainly daunting. To help us manage this tidal wave of content companies like Google, Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, and Pandora have developed sophisticated algorithms to take what we've liked in the past and try to give us more of the same. That's very thoughtful of them, but it only sends us further into the echo chamber where our own confirmation bias is constantly feed. Today, that bias is in danger of morbid obiesity. I'm here to help fight back and provide more knowledge diversity in your information diet. Here are some of my sources of interesting content that I regularly consume. Tastes may vary, but hopefully you'll give them a try.
- First is marketing genius Seth Godin. He's my very favorite bloggers because he always comes across as both simple and profound. His posts are short and easy to digest. He's been at it for over tens years. He knows his stuff and you should definitely be reading.
- It's easy to get caught up in the emotions of decisions we have to make or problems our society faces, that's why I give you Freakonomics as my second suggestion for you. Here economists explore the hidden side of everything. Relying on data and experiments to explain everyday phenomena in a new light, they tackle things like the is the cost of parking too low, do people names define who they are, and is drunk walking riskier than drunk driving? They have a blog but I recommend the podcast the most.
- Finally is a man whose writing style is so frank and brutally honest that he's constantly pushing against the status quo. James Altucher has been a stock trader, writer, and entreprenuer who has gone broke on several occasions and bounced back each time. On his blog he'll also gladly tell you how he helped kill Osama Bin Laden, that he once personally saved the global economy, and how he's hoping to trick his kids to not go to college.