Monday, May 16, 2011

'Read less, know more'

What is Newser?
 Face it: there's too much news. At Newser, we choose the most thought-provoking and entertaining stories from hundreds of US and international sources and reduce them to a headline, picture, and two paragraphs. And we do it 24/7—you can come back morning, noon, night (and in between) for something new that matters. Read less, know more. 
I think they're on to something - a headline, picture and two paragraphs.  But should it be read less, know less?

Reminds me of CliffNotes .


  1. How is this different from USA Today?

  2. How funny. I'm reading the Nicholas Carr book right now, The Shallows, and it's about how our brains have changed as a result of technology. Actually, I'm at the part in the book now about how our brains chanted from the printing press (and before that, clocks).

    A few years ago I read Tim Ferriss' book The Four-Hour Work Week, and there were many things I took away from that book (and yes, I know most people think it's snake oil, but it was a life-changer for me).

    One of the take-aways was that I DON'T HAVE TO KNOW EVERYTHING! Say the news. I have smart friends, and when I want to/need to know something, I can call a few of them and have them tell me.

    I always say I wish there were more hours in the day. Liberating myself from the news gave me back at least an hour a day. I have no idea what's going on in the world most of the time -- but I'm in deep with the SATs and how the brain works.

    I guess this is all just to say, I think there's a place for this type of news (as long as there is the alternative in depth coverage for others).

  3. Bonnie, nothing in Newser is longer than two paragraphs.

  4. You're absolutely right, Debbie. Spreading myself too thin is a problem that keeps me from accomplishing goals related to my priorities.

  5. Nothing in USA Today is longer than 2 paragraphs either...

    And then there was always Readers Digest...

  6. Ha ha, haven't read USA Today in a long time. I used to LOVE Readers Digest when I was young.